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All female Scottish outfit Fara, nominated for 2017’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award, will play Céol Cholasa this Friday and Saturday.
Bringing together four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene, Fara’s line-up includes Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price.
With three fiddles and a piano, this fearsome quartet produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.
Showcasing music from their upcoming album, Times from Times Fall, the group have a host of new material. Including a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals, the young women’s combined musicality and friendship produce an exhilarating and individual sound.
All four of the band members knew each other as children but the process of working together as adults has created a real Fara sisterhood, which has quickly become an important part of each of their musical lives. The strong Orkney fiddle tradition that they all grew up with is the glue that binds them all together, being at the heart of all their musical characters.
Fara will play Céol Cholasa tomorrow, Friday September 14, and Saturday, September 15. This year’s line-up also includes The Young’uns, Tide Lines, The Jarlath Henderson Band, Cara, Hamish Napier and Innes Watson, Whyte, Hecla, and the Caitlin McNeill Ceilidh Band.