About Russ

I discovered the folk scene in 2003. In those days I played guitar, only taking up the banjo a couple of years later.

I loved the songs and not being a songwriter started arranging songs in order to bring them to a new audience. I play all sorts of things from modern contemporary songwriters to very old traditional songs.

I’m particularly interested in the Music Hall; discovering and arranging the old songs so they can connect with a modern audience.

I also play Classic finger-style banjo, and won the George A Keeler Memorial Trophy for finger-style banjo playing in 2012.

In addition to my solo work I am a member of Steve White & the Protest Family – east London’s favourite semi-acoustic singalong political folk punk group!

I am also promoter and one of the driving forces behind the Walthamstow Folk Club.