The Scottish sounds of Fara
Following a busy 2017 touring the UK and abroad, leading Scottish folk quartet FARA begin 2018 with a bang, embarking on a UK-wide tour this February.
Fara brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s 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.
And they will be performing at Etal Village Hall on Saturday, February 24.
Of their first three years together the band stated: “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.
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“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.”
With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s music is an exciting experience.
Incorporating 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 individual sound.
Summer 2017 saw Fara storm a residency at France’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient and delight audiences with return visits to both Tønder Festival in Denmark, and Cambridge Folk Festival.