Fara Biography


Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK to coincide with the October 2018 release of their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians - 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.

Fara reviews

“Fara is perhaps one of the most exciting developments in recent years for music from the northern isles. Showcasing fired up instrumental sets as well as the beautiful vocals of jeana leslie, they are testament to the strength of the traditional music development in orkney. The northern isles and indeed scotland now have a new fiddle supergroup but this time, with an all female lineup. I suspect that stages from near and far will be seeing and hearing a lot from these lasses over the coming months and years.” Mhari J Pottinger - Shetland Folk Festival

“These girls will go far. They sing and play like they mean it.” Douglas Montgomary - The Chair
“Fantastic playing, clearly loving what they are doing. With rapturous audience rapport, what more could you want in a show?” Anna Massie – BBC Radio Scotland
“Quite simply superb” Mumble Music

“With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, fara's show was an exhilarating one.” Celtic Music Radio

“Fara are a top quality band who know the tradition well.” The Living Tradition

“A fantastic musical experience.” Celtic Music Radio

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