'Fara are certainly a quartet to watch. Cross The Line is an ambitious, accomplished and beautiful debut that showcases four musicians’ superb and sensitive musicianship and charming vocal harmonies. A delight.' – **** Songlines Magazine
'This is a showstopper of an album, phenomenal tunes, captivating songs and exceptional musicianship throughout'. - FATEA
Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards 2017 as best newcomers, FARA brings together four emerging musicians at the forefront of today’s young Scottish folk scene --Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and a piano -- to produce afiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.
Having been friends since early childhood, the young women grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) with the three East Mainlanders of the band in fiddle group Hadhirgaan at Kirkwall Grammar School, and Kristan, a West Mainlander, in Jenny Keldie’s Shoramere at Stromness Academy. The four of them then went on to study south, and hold degrees from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Strathclyde University, The Royal Northern College of Music and TheRoyal 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, they 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.
Releasing their debut album ‘Cross the Line’ in September of 2016, the band have gone on to appear on some of the great stages of the world including the Royal Albert Hall in London (BBC Radio 2 Folk awards 2017) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall where they appeared with Cherish the Ladies at Celtic Connections 2017.
With a summer packed full of festival appearances including the Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK, Tonder in Denmark and the Interceltique Festival de Lorient in France, the girls are touring the UK again in October and looking forward to a busy year.