Fara

Nominated for the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards' Horizon Award, Fara brings together four young Orcadian musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene. Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and piano produce a fiery sound, rooted strongly in their upbringing amongst the traditional music of Orkney.

Having been friends since early childhood, they grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) with the three East Mainlanders of the band in fiddle group Hadhirgaan at Kirkwall Grammar School, and Kristan, from Birsay, in Jenny Keldie’s Shoramere at Stromness Academy. Fast-forward a few years, and between them Fara now hold degrees from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of Strathclyde, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. They have all since established themselves in the Scottish music scene too, winning many prizes along the way - including a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, The Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition, and Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle Award.

The idea for Fara came after several appearances as 'The Chairettes', backing band for Orcadian eight-piece, The Chair. At one such gig, they were given a slot to play a couple of sets on their own, and Bob Gibbon, The Chair’s accordionist and Orkney Folk Festival director, suggested they form a new band. Much to The Chair’s great disappointment they decided to lose their original name, and Fara was born.

Since releasing their debut album Cross the Line in September 2016, the band have played London's Royal Albert Hall (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017) and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017, as well as a great number of festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Tønder Festival in Denmark, and Brittany's Festival Interceltique de Lorient - and we're delighted to welcome them home.

“This is a showstopper of an album, phenomenal tunes, captivating songs and exceptional musicianship throughout. - FATEA

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