Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

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, it’s no wonder their music is a round tour which doesn’t focus on one place.

They are well travelled and well versed in music from across the land. On guitar, and vocals in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music is a journey 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, is accompanied by Pablo's dynamic and sensitive guitar playing. Their music is at times sparse and haunting, and at others driving and all consuming, leaving audiences stunned. Both are accomplished musicians in their own right - Josie is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Pablo has completed his studies of guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional music.                                                                        

Since joining forces in 2016 they’ve taken the scene by storm, quickly becoming one of Scotland’s most in-demand live acts at festivals and venues across the country.

Josie and Pablo will travel to Shetland with an extended lineup featuring fiddler Charlie Stewart who gained the title of Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2017 and Icelandic percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir who can regularly be found gigging, touring and recording with some of Scotland's biggest names.  She has toured the globe from Venezuela to Indonesia, and loves being part of Glasgow’s vibrant music scene.