Fara (SCO)

The Tønder Festival audience knows the Fara group, as this is their third visit. Most recently in 2021, when the pandemic limited the festival to some concerts in Tønder Cultural Centre Schweizerhalle. Fara come from Kirkwall in Orkney and formed in 2014 as a quintet. Today the Fara quartet are the three female fiddlers, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price, and pianist Rory Matheson, who hails from Assynt in north west Scotland. The band have made themselves a name for their effortless musicality and as a fresh note in traditional Scots folk music, in particular the music of Orkney. The members grew up with music and have trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art and The Royal Academy of Music. Fara have drawn attention on the whole Scottish music scene and have won awards, among them the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The music is a mix of traditional Orkney tunes and new, self-penned melodies.  The latest album Energy Islands (2022). Their only Danish festival in 2024.