Travels With My Auntie Liz on Tuesday 24th June will have some of the members of Fara in the studio from 8-10pm.
This year’s Orkney Folk Festival saw the debut of new Orkney fiddle band Fara which brought the audience to their feet!
Bringing together five emerging musicians at the forefront of today’s young Scottish folk scene, Jennifer Austin, Louise Bichan , Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s four fiddles and a piano, produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.
Having been friends since they were in nappies, the girls grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) with the four East Mainlanders of the band in fiddle group Hadhirgaan at Kirkwall Grammar School, and Kristan, a West Mainlander, in Jenny Kelday’s Shoramere at Stromness Academy.
The five girls then went on to study south and hold degrees from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, University of Strathclyde, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music.
They have all since established themselves in the Scottish music scene winning prizes along the way which include the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, The Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition and the Danny Kyle Award.
The idea for the band came after several appearances as “The Chairettes” – The Chair’s backing band. At one gig, the girls were put on stage to play a couple of sets on their own and Bob Gibbon, The Chair’s accordionist and Orkney Folk Festival director, suggested they form a new band. To the Chair’s disappointment they decided to loose the name, and Fara was born.
With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s debut concerts were exciting one. With a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as some songs, the girls’ combined musical experiences and friendships produce an exciting and individual sound, about to burst onto the traditional music scene.
Looking forward to hearing them again in the future – Auntie Liz
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- Travels with my Auntie Liz, Tuesday 24 June 8.00-10.00pm. Repeat 2.00-4.00am and 1.00-3.00pm Wednesday 25 June.
You can also get it on Catch Up.
Catch you along the ways!? Safe Journeys – Liz :0)