Fara

Amongst Orkney’s best known and much-loved musical exports, home-grown quartet Fara return with their sophomore record, Times from Times Fall, which celebrates the community which inspired them to become musicians. 

Comprised entirely of self-penned material, it’s an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney isles and its people, combining the unique Orkney fiddle style with contemporary and original songs and tunes. Fara have co-written many of the melodies on the album, uniting all four of their distinct musical voices whilst celebrating their musical heritage. Their new songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets George Mackay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie, as well as one original and one traditional text. The Orcadian imagery woven amongst new melodies carved in the islands’ rich traditions beautifully encapsulates the islands' ever-expanding folk traditions. 

Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and voices are now backed by Rory Matheson on piano, marking a new chapter for the heralded group. Over the last five years, Fara have played London's Royal Albert Hall and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections, as well as a great many festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Tønder Festival in Denmark, and Brittany's Festival Interceltique de Lorient - and we're delighted to welcome them home once again!