The Shetland Folk Festival prides itself each year in showcasing up and coming talent and Project Smok brings together three of Scottish music’s most exciting young players. Hearing the trio revitalise their native West Coast traditions with a high-octane brew of funk, jazz and electronic stylings, we are confident that they will become a new audience favourite!
Fast becoming recognised as a household name in the traditional music scene, Project Smok bring together an array of instrumental virtuosity, blistering drive, infectious rhythm and delicate sensitivity. Their style may be rooted in the West Coast, but what distinguishes them from the norm is their ability to meld naturally between music which is innovative, explosive and at times unconventional, to the more time-honoured and traditional. The band comprises of multi award-winning musicians Ali Levack on pipes & whistles (who is one of this year’s finalists in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year), Pablo Lafuente on guitar (who performed at last year’s Festival with both Josie Duncan and Anxo Lorenzo) and Ewan Baird on bodhrán.
The idea for Project Smok was formed by Pablo and Ali after they performed together as a duo at Folklub’ in Glasgow in 2017, and the band’s line-up was finalised in winter 2018 with the arrival of Ewan Baird. The trio have come a long way in a short time with three new singles released, a nomination for ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ at the Scots Trad Awards in 2019 and the pending release of a second album in 2020 to follow their superb debut ‘Horizons’. Project Smok are set to continue their fierce impact on the Traditional Music Scene and rise as a force of musical excellence.