Fara produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their native music of Orkney. 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.
"Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul." - Cara Dillon
Sam Kelly (guitar and lead vocals) and Jamie Francis (banjo) have a reputation for an incredibly high class and dynamic live show, and the guys are rapidly becoming firm favourites at venues and festivals in all parts of the country.
Sam's musical journey has ranged from reaching the final of ITV's Britain's Got Talent as a teenager to being selected for the first ever EFDSS Artist Development Scheme. Whether playing to 13 million people on prime-time television, or to 10 people in a tiny pub, Sam's child-like fascination with music shines through.
James Hill - check out his jaw-dropping version of Billie Jean - has made a career as an award-winning ukulele player and songwriter, an artist who 'gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously' (Songlines). The Old Silo, produced by indie rock hero Joel Plaskett, sees him charting a course into deeper, rockier waters. The album has an edginess and swagger unlike anything Hill has ever recorded: the thundering baritone ukulele riff in She's Still Got It wouldn't be out of place on a Black Keys album and the grinding slide ukulele in Tie One On would make Jack White proud. Catchy, energetic cuts like New Moon, Promenade and Lovebirds would be at home at any outdoor summer music festival.
Siobhan seems to collect awards for fun. Nominated in two catgories in this year's BBC radio 2 Folk Awards, she was pipped by Karine Polwart for Folk Singer of the Year but won the Best Traditional Track for her version of Banks of Newfoundland. She has also been awarded the Scots Trad Awards 'Scots Singer of the Year' for an unprecedented third time.
I've been a fan since my neice introduced me to her music in 2011 when she was in the wonderful duo with Jeana Leslie who many of you will know as being 25% of Fara. They came to prominence as winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2008, which was followed by both the Hancock Horizon Award and Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009.
Incredibly pleased to be able to bring you the folk super-group to top them all!
John Doyle (Dublin - vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandola) is an Irish music linchpin and a founder member of Solas, who has worked with Joan Baez, Linda Thompson and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner John McCusker (Glasgow - fiddle, whistles, harmonium) has played with The Battlefield Band, Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan, recorded with Paul Weller, and recently produced albums for Eddi Reader, Heidi Talbot and Kris Drever.
Mike McGoldrick (Manchester - flute, whistles, Uileann pipes, bodhran, clarinet, congas) is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, founding member of Lunasa, and current member of Capercaillie, and has worked with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, John Cale.
"We try and keep it as fresh and exciting as we can," McCusker says. "Live, we'll often go onstage with no set-list, just to try and keep that energy up, that freshness. It's about playing from the heart."
Completely blown away by Iona's set supporting The Rail Splitters at Celtic Connections where a full house of about 500 were held spell-bound throughout. I've since seen her trio in the more intimate setting of The Slaughtered Lamb and was mesmerised from first note to last.
Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland's finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.
2018 Scots Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Iona has been described as "one of the best Scotland has to offer." (Global-Music.de)
With a number of high profile appearances under her belt, Iona has spent 2018 performing in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Canada.
A sell-out show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two consecutive years, Iona was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and won the Molloy Award at Birmingham Irish Trad Fest.
In 2018, Iona performed at Interceltique Festival De Lorient where she was described as "magical and charismatic" (Rolling Stone, France).
She was nominated for "One to Watch" and "Best Live Performance" at the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2018.
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.