Leading Scottish band brings the sound of Orkney to Halesworth and Colchester
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 busy 2017 touring in the UK and abroad, Scottish folk quartet FARA begin 2018 with a bang, embarking on a UK-wide tour this February which sees FARA play across the UK, from London to Kinross and everywhere in between.
Locally, FARA are performing on Sunday 11th February at The Cut, Halesworth (Martello Promotions) and on Monday 12th February for Colchester Folk Club at Colchester Arts Centre.
Of their first three years together as a band, Fara say: “We’ve all known each other since we were children, but the process of working together as adults has created a real Fara sisterhood, which has quickly become an important part of all of our musical lives.
“The four contrasting personalities and individual musical voices in Fara, make for a colourful melting pot of ideas during arranging sessions - each member brings a different musical palette to the table. But the strong Orkney fiddle tradition that we all grew up with is the glue that binds us together, being at the heart of all of our musical characters”.
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.
“The fact that the music FARA makes is a sound we all cut our musical teeth on, is the driving force behind our collective passion for the band. It’s great to be working on a project that is very much focused on where you came from, and your roots as a musician”.
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLlBmtcoscc (live at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards)