2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente
are a vocal/guitar duo like no other.
Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, its no wonder their music
doesn’t focus on one place, on one of the many strands of Scotland’s web of
They are well traveled, and well versed, in music from across the land. On guitar,
and vocals in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music is a round tour, where
centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton
mills, as well as some original writing.
Josie’s voice, crystal clear. With its slight island twang, equally at home in any of
these domains. Accompanied by Pablo’s dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they
illuminate the lyrics. The music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving
and all consuming, leaving audiences stunned.
They are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Josie Duncan a recent
graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of
the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. She’s toured extensively,
performing at festivals and venues in Europe, Canada and America. Her other
projects include a collaboration with innovative Gaelictronica band Inyal, and
Blasta, a showcase of singers of the Isle of Lewis commissioned by this year’s
Festival Interceltique de Lorient.
Pablo Lafuente’s experiences are no less varied. He’s put down cultural roots in
Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core. Since completing his studies
of guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional music he’s been in high demand, playing, recording and touring internationally with artists including: The Outside Track, Barluath, Sketch and Spanish Gaita extraordinary Anxo Lorenzo.
Since joining forces in 2016 they’ve taken the scene by storm, quickly becoming
an in-demand live act at festivals and venues across the country. In their short
time together they’ve delighted the audiences of BBC Radio 2, Celtic Connections
Festival, Sofar sessions, and a host of venues across Scotland.