Neo – traditional trio of nonconformist and progressive Scottish folk music’
Blasting onto the scene, Project Smok is Pablo Lafuente, Ewan Baird and BBC Young Traditional Musician of the year 2020 Ali Levack, whose forward thinking Scottish traditional music has set them apart since their formation in 2017.
With tunes built around Ali Levack’s distinctive whistle and piping, paired with Ewan Baird’s skilled bodhran playing and Pablo Lafuente’s nuanced guitar, electric guitar and production, the trio manage to naturally bring together an array of musical aspects. Throw ininstrumental virtuosity, blistering drive, infectious rhythm and a delicate sensitivity and you
have Project Smok’s thirst-quenching sound.
“There are no words to describe how good they are!”
– Bruce MacGregor, BBC Scotland
Andrew co-founded the band TYDE in 2008 and got to the finals of the BBC2 Young Folk Awards. He also secured a record deal when he was 15 years old and recorded two studio albums. In 2011 Andrew was a finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year and was an Up And Coming Act Of The Year nominee at Na Trads 2015.
In 2015 he joined the band Dallahan who were Folk Band Of The Year nominees at Na Trads 2016 and released the album ‘Matter Of Time’ which was also nominated for Album Of The Year at Na Trads 2016.
Andrew joined Eliza Carthy And The Wayward Band in 2013 and has been regularly touring with them since. In February 2017 they released their debut album ‘Big Machine’ and it reached number 25 in the UK charts.
As well as playing with different bands, Andrew has also appeared on stage with Sting, The Unusual Suspects, The RSNO and performed as a guest on over 15 albums. When he was 13 years old he performed at the Royal Albert Hall at the first ever BBC Folk Proms. Most recently, he launched his solo album ‘TYDE’.