Fara set to embark on UK tour!

Scottish folk group Fara are set to hit the road at the start of 2017, with upcoming gigs throughout the UK. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s music is an exciting experience. A mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals,  the  young  women’s  combined  musical  experiences  and  friendships  produce  an  exciting  and individual sound.

Fara brings  together  four emerging  musicians  at the forefront  of today’s  young  Scottish  folk scene  —  Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and a piano — to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

“This album,” says the band, “is a culmination of our first couple of years together, and our experiences  along the way. We’ve all known  each  other  since  we  were  children,  but  the  process  of working  together  as  adults  has  created  a  real  Fara  sisterhood, which has quickly become an important part of all of our musical lives.

“The  four  contrasting  personalities  and  individual  musical  voices in Fara  make  for  a colourful  melting  pot  of  ideas  during  arranging  sessions  – each  member  brings  a different musical pallet to the table. But the strong Orkney fiddle tradition that we all grew up with is the glue that binds us together, being at the heart of all of our musical characters’

‘For  me  Fara  were  THE  highlight  of  the  2014  Orkney  Folk  Festival.  I  saw  every  one  of  their  gigs  and  they  were exceptional.  Their on-stage banter and musicianship  held every audience spellbound.  I was thrilled to see them again at this year’s  Celtic  Connections  in Glasgow,  and there  is an EP too.   Sickeningly  talented  and mad as brushes.   A potent combination. A real delight for any festival’ Kevin Macleod

‘These girls will go far. They sing and play like they mean it’ Douglas Montgomery, Saltfishforty, The Chair

‘The  debut  recording  from  Fara  is perhaps  one  of the  most  exciting developments   in  recent   years   for  music   from   the  Northern   Isles. Showcasing fired up instrumental  sets as well as the beautiful vocals of Jeana   Leslie,   this   recording   is  testament   to   the   strength   of   the traditional   music   development   in  Orkney.   The  Northern   Isles  and indeed Scotland now have a new fiddle supergroup but this time, with an all female line up. I suspect that stages from near and far will be seeing and hearing a lot from these lasses over the coming months’ Mhari Pottinger, Shetland Folk Festival

Catch them on tour at the following dates:

Fara UK Tour 2017

24th Jan – St Columba’s Church, London
25th Jan – University of Kent, Canterbury
26th Jan – Celtic Connections, Glasgow
27th Jan – Pontio, Bangor
4th Feb – The Tolbooth, Stirling
10th Feb – Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
11th Feb – The Met, Bury
12th Feb – The Fleece Inn, Evesham
13th Feb – Colchester Folk Club
14th Feb – The Wardobe, Bristol
15th Feb – The Welfare, Swansea
16th Feb – The Prince Albert, Stroud
17th Feb – The Ram Folk Club, Surrey
24th Feb – The Dower House, Edinburgh
18th March – McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch
22nd March – Parish Church, Lochwinnoch

Danny Pearthttps://www.dannypeartphotography.co.uk
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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