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AYM: Elements & VocalLab | October

21 & 22 September 2019

AYM Elements and AYM VocalLab: Crafting Folk Music

Over the course of the weekend, we will be exploring folk music and folk song. Beginning on Saturday, the Elements day will offer a brief but focused insight into this vibrant and broad genre. Using the skills developed during AYM Elements, participants will then start to craft their own folk songs, to be developed and workshopped throughout AYM VocalLab on Sunday.

About the artists

Greg Russell

Possessed of an ‘extraordinary voice’ that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 8 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant performers on the U.K. folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki, banjo and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source alongside Ciaran Algar.

Since 2016, Greg has also been involved in two critically acclaimed projects; The Transports and Shake the Chains. The latter, a project put together and artistically directed by Greg which included Peggy Seeger, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Leon Rosselson and many more.

Singing a mixture of original and traditional song in 2017, Greg released his debut solo album, Inclined to be Red, declared ‘a powerful statement’ (Acoustic), ‘excellent’ (RnR Magazine), ‘a splendid thing’ (Maverick) and ‘convincingly individual’ (fRoots). Greg has also continued to tour with Ciaran Algar throughout this period, with whom he has released 4 studio albums, and played at some of the genres biggest festivals and events including Tønder Festival (Denmark), Folk Alliance International (Canada), Dranouter (Belgium) and Cambridge Folk Festival (U.K.).

2019 and 2020 see the release and tour of Field & Dyke, a songwriting project that came out of an oral history project about 21st Century Britain conducted by musician and historian Danny Pedler. Greg will also tour with Scottish, English and Spanish collaboration; The Tweed Project.

In addition to the above, Greg Russell is increasingly involved in community arts projects and education; working closely with Grimm & Co., SoundPost, Folk Works and South Yorkshire Music Hubs working with children, young people and adults.

Jackie Oates

Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the Imagined Village, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release seven acclaimed solo albums. An inventive and enthralling artist; who else can say they’ve been immortalised as a Lush cosmetic, featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and appeared in Midsomer Murders.

Find out more | Key contact

Matt Wigley – Producer, AYM
01728 687159 



AYM is generously supported by Arts Council England, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundations, The Cedar Trust, in memory of Sheila Stainton, The Department for Education, Foyle Foundation, The Ganzoni Charitable Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, Limbourne Trust, Sorkin Family Charitable Trust, Trinity College London and the Garfield Weston Foundation, in addition to a number of generous individuals, including Edward Bray, Professor Sir Barry Ife and Jeremy & Elizabeth Wagener.