Berkhamsted Campaign for Real Music - Home and Current Programme

home    mailing list    about    contact    partners

Saturday 11th May 2019: Fara


YES! We are delighted to welcome back Fara who gave us such an incredible opening night in February 2018


If you loved Blazin' Fiddles then you'll really love Fara. Add stunning rich vocal harmonies to their energetic fiddle playing and driving piano: Fara's show is an exciting one. Original and traditional Orkney tunes and songs.

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 led to a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards' Horizon Award.


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 celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians. It's 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, 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.


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.

The four members of Fara hold degrees from The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Strathclyde University. Their diverse activity with their other projects such as Blazin' Fiddles, Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller, Rachel Sermanni and Twelfth Day as well as accolades including BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition and the Danny Kyle Award hold them up as leading members of today's Scottish music scene.

Tickets are now on sale:


Bar open from 19.00; auditorium generally open from about 19.20. The concert starts promptly at 20.00

Sunday 22nd September 2019: Dervish


Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as "an icon of Irish music", the band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. Dervish includes some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country's best-known singers, Cathy Jordan.

Dervish live

The Guardian says: "Dervish are simply brilliant... they carry Irish history with them." They are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They're renowned for live performances, which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs.

Tickets are now on sale:


Bar open from 19.00; auditorium generally open from about 19.20. The concert starts promptly at 20.00

Saturday 19th October 2019: The Slocan Ramblers

Our partners BP Sanders proudly present, in association with BCFRM...

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominees) are Canada's bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today's acoustic music scene with a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

Friday 22nd November 2019: The Urban Folk Quartet

The Urban Folk Quartet

The Urban Folk Quartet's distinguishing features have only a little to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. The UFQ's approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence from funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, Afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

If you'd like to see what we've already been up to, here are the listings for past gigs