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FARA

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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.

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Tuesday 11th December 2018 8:00pmThe concert by Fara will not feature any Christmas Carols or cheesy Christmas Songs, but instead will present the authentic Orkney Christmas experience. Fara formed in 2016 to bring together four of the most talented young musicians of the Scottish Folk Scene in Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price. All of the band members grew up in Orkney under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery of the The Chair and Saltfishforty. The band create a unique sound from their instrumental line-up of three fiddles and keyboards to produce fiery music rooted strongly in their upbringing in Orkney. Tickets on the door
FARA Christmas Tour - Montrose Folk Club
Montrose
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Wednesday 12th December 2018 7:30pmFARA will present a unique night of Christmas cheer in December 2018. A medley of Christmas music, some original songs and tunes with a Christmas twist will provide audiences with a lot to celebrate this coming season!
FARA Christmas Tour - Eden Court Theatre
Inverness
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Thursday 13th December 2018 7:00pm“Torch bearers of a freshly reinvigorated tradition” AllMusic 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. Following a nomination for Up And Coming Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2015, the success of their debut album Cross The Line in 2016, lead to a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award. Fara also performed at 2017’s prestigious event in the Royal Albert Hall, to a rapturous response. Also in 2017, Fara won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Critics Choice Award) and were nominated for Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. The four contrasting personalities and individual musical voices in Fara, make for a colourful melting pot – each member brings a different musical pallet to the table. But the strong Orkney fiddle tradition that the four women grew up on together, is the glue that binds them, and is at the heart of each of their musical characters.
FARA Christmas Tour - The Woodside Hotel
Aberdour
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Friday 14th December 2018 8:00pmFARA present a unique night of Christmas cheer – a medley of festive music, original song and tunes with a Christmas twist which will provide audiences with a lot to celebrate this coming festive season. Fara combines four musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene – Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price – to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their Orcadian upbringing. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, stunning vocals, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s music is a thrilling mixture of self-penned songs and traditional Orkney tunes. ‘Torch bearers of a freshly reinvigorated tradition’ – AllMusic
FARA Christmas Tour - Tolbooth
Stirling
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Saturday 15th December 2018 7:30pmFARA present a unique night of Christmas cheer – a medley of festive music, original song and tunes with a Christmas twist which will provide audiences with a lot to celebrate this coming festive season. Fara combines four musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene – Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price – to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their Orcadian upbringing. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, stunning vocals, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s music is a thrilling mixture of self-penned songs and traditional Orkney tunes. ‘Torch bearers of a freshly reinvigorated tradition’ – AllMusic
FARA Christmas Tour - Braemar Village Hall
Braemar
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Friday 21st December 2018 8:00pmFARA will present a unique night of Christmas cheer in December 2018. A medley of Christmas music, some original songs and tunes with a Christmas twist will provide audiences with a lot to celebrate this coming season! Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk quartet FARA return to Bangor as part of their UK tour to coincide with the October 2018 release of their second album Times From Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians - an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people, it combines the unique Orkney fiddle tradition with contemporary and original songs and tunes. With the mission of creating something entirely new and collaborative, the four members of FARA have co-written many of the melodies on the album, blending all four distinctively different musical voices together. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie. Orcadian imagery runs through these songs, alongside new melodies brimming with the islands’ tradition whilst also pointing in new directions.
FARA Christmas Tour - Pontio
Bangor
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Saturday 22nd December 2018 8:00pmFARA 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. Nominees, and performers, at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, booked as artiste in residence at Festival Interceltique Lorient 2017, and with return visits scheduled to festivals in the UK and Europe including Cambridge Folk Festival and Tønder Festival, Fara has already established their unique place in the folk scene. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s music is an exciting experience. With 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 Christmas Tour - The Kirkgate Centre
Cockermouth
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Sunday 23rd December 2018 3:00pm*Tickets on sale soon* FARA present a unique night of Christmas cheer – a medley of festive music, original song and tunes with a Christmas twist which will provide audiences with a lot to celebrate this coming festive season. Fara combines four musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene – Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price – to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their Orcadian upbringing. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, stunning vocals, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s music is a thrilling mixture of self-penned songs and traditional Orkney tunes. ‘Torch bearers of a freshly reinvigorated tradition’ – AllMusic
FARA Christmas Tour - Dunoon Burgh Hall
Dunoon
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Friday 1st February 2019 8:00pmFara, one of the freshest sounding groups to have emerged on Scotland’s folk scene of late, have only been writing and recording together since 2014. But the quartet – fiddlers Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price, alongside pianist Jennifer Austin – have been honing their sound ever since they grew up together amid the splendid surrounds of the Orkney Islands. Following their 2016 debut album, this supremely talented four-piece are ready to unveil their second long player Times From Times Fall – a celebration of their homeland packed with self-composed tunes and songs primarily drawn from the words of Orcadian poets. Developing the vibrant arrangements, rich harmonies, energetic fiddles, driving piano and stunning vocals heard on Cross The Line two years ago, Times From Times Fall saw the band co-writing many of the tunes’ melodies.
Celtic Connections
Glasgow
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Friday 10th May 2019 8:00pmFollowing the success of their debut album Cross the Line, Fara’s second album, Times from Times Fall, celebrates the community which inspired them to become musicians. It’s rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Islands and their people, combining the unique Orkney fiddle tradition with new and original songs and tunes. With the mission of creating something entirely new and collaborative, the four members of FARA have co-written many of the melodies on the album, blending all four distinctively different musical voices together, whilst also celebrating the unity of their musical beginnings. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie, as well as one original and one traditional text. The Orcadian imagery running through these songs, alongside new melodies brimming with the islands’ tradition whilst also pointing in new directions, celebrates the ever-expanding Orcadian folk tradition. Fara’s new album is set to excite and delight.
Kings Place
London
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