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Entertainment / Orcadian folk quartet Fara back for more

ACCLAIMED Orcadian folk quartet Fara are heading back to Shetland for a couple of shows at the end of the month.

The four-piece will perform at The String in Lerwick on Friday 29 March followed by a gig at Carnegie Hall in Sandwick the following night, with support on both nights coming from Kaela and Astryd Jamieson.

Fara released their acclaimed second album Times From Times Fall– a celebration of their homeland packed with self-composed tunes and songs primarily drawn from the words of Orcadian poets – last year.

The four-piece, consisting of fiddlers Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price alongside pianist Jennifer Austin, have been honing their sound since growing up together in Orkney – and the end result is described as an intoxicating blend of contemporary roots music.

Between them they have chalked up a host of accolades including a coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year title, a Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition and the Danny Kyle Award.

The group performed a headline show at Mareel in Lerwick to promote their 2016 debut album Cross the Line.

Fara are also past visitors to Shetland Folk Festival and Kristan said they cannot wait to make the trip north.

“We’re thoroughly delighted to be heading back up to Shetland in a couple of weeks,” she said.

“This will be our third visit, having had a couple of fantastic trips over the past few years. We have the pleasure of visiting Lerwick and Sandwick this time, and we can’t wait to see everybody!”

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