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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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Saturday 19th January 2019 8:00pmThe latest incarnation of Orkney Folk Festival’s evolving showcase for home-grown musical talent, originally created for Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018, gives centre stage to the new generations of Orkney musicians currently emerging on the islands, and making waves on the wider folk scene.

Curating and anchoring the show are rising stars Gnoss, whose original Orcadian duo of fiddler/mandolinist Graham Rorie and singer-guitarist Aidan Moodie won a Danny Kyle Open Stage Award in 2015. Nowadays a quartet, also featuring flute, whistles and bodhran, they’re joined in the spotlight tonight by the ever-intoxicating treble fiddles/piano and lush harmony vocals of Fara, performing tracks from their new second album, Times From Times Fall, and award-winning harpist Jessica Burton. Orkney fiddle powerhouse Douglas Montgomery leads a 30-strong, multiinstrumental squad from his celebrated youth project Hadhirgaan, while other elder guests, in the ‘house band’ and playing solo, include Kris Drever, peerless moothie-playing raconteur Billy Jolly, and members of The Chair.
The Orkney Gathering: Generations at Celtic Connections
Glasgow
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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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Saturday 16th March 2019 7:30pmLochwinnoch Arts Festival
Lochwinnoch
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Saturday 6th April 2019 8:00pm*Tickets on sale soon*

Lineup - Forgaitherin / Anthony Toner / FARA
Glenfarg Folk Feast
Kinross
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Thursday 9th May 2019 7:30pmBOX OFFICE: 01487 814114 / 07709 930398
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Following 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.
Upwood Village Hall
Upwood
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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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Saturday 11th May 2019 8:00pmFara 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.

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.

They hold degrees from The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Strathclyde University. Their diverse other projects include Blazin' Fiddles, and Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Millerand accolades include BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
The Vyne Theatre (Berkhamsted Arts Centre)
Berkhamsted
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Tuesday 14th May 2019 8:30pmFor tickets or enquiries:
Telephone: +44 (0)1322 277218
Email: hawleymkm@aol.com

Following 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.
Dartford Folk Club
Dartford
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Wednesday 15th May 2019 8:00pmFollowing their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK with material from 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.

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. Following their sold-out show in 2017, FARA return to The North Wall with a concert of new music that will excite and delight.
The North Wall Arts Centre
Oxford
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Friday 17th May 2019 7:30pm*Tickets on sale soon*
Ticket Booking: 01704 533 333

The Atkinson
Southport
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