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  • Writer's pictureKevin Rogan

Musical Monday: Fara Performs "The Dragon"

In honor of International Women's Day, Musical Monday looks back at the 4 incredibly talented women of Fara. The ladies played to a standing-room only crowd as part of our Live! Folklife Concerts in May of 2018. Enjoy their incredible performance, and be sure to do what you can to help forge an inclusive world—today and every day!

Fara brings together four musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene — Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and a piano — to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney. The four contrasting personalities and individual musical voices in Fara, make for a colorful melting pot of ideas during arranging sessions — each member brings a different musical pallet to the table. But the strong Orkney fiddle tradition that they all grew up with is the glue that binds them together, being at the heart of all of their musical characters. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s music is an exciting experience. With a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals, the young women’s combined musical experiences and friendships produce a diverse, individual sound.

Free, live concert recorded Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Kevin Rogan and Todd DeGarmo. Edited by Kevin Rogan.

Concert hosted and produced by Todd DeGarmo, founding director of the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library and funded in part by the Friends of Crandall Public Library and the New York State Council on the Arts - Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.



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