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.