Jack Rutter and Greg Russell are two of the UK folk scene’s most exciting young performers. We’re thrilled to welcome them to The Met for this double headline show.
Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist playing within the British folk tradition. His new solo set features a range of well known and rare traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post).
Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song and since graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc degree in Countryside Management in 2014, he’s gone on to forge a hugely successful career playing music professionally in various guises across Britain and Europe. In this new solo outing, the BBC award winning musician presents the traditional songs and narratives that are so important; all delivered with an easy going stage presence and rich unassuming Yorkshire charm.
Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last five years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant players on the UK folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki 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 (5 stars The Guardian) and Shake the Chains (4 stars The Guardian), both of which have been seen at The Met.
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).