Having grown up together in Orkney, we formed FARA in 2014 with the aim of celebrating the music we cut our teeth on whilst creating innovative new music incorporating the influences and experiences we had each absorbed as individuals in the intervening time.We use our three fiddles and piano to develop new instrumental music drawing on the energetic, driving traditional music we grew up on, alongside songs in four-part harmony. We compose all of our music ourselves, and Orcadian art is at the heart of all of our work. The majority of the songs we write use words by Orcadian writers, providing important artistic inspiration and imagery for our music. Our aim is to develop further the cannon of Orkney folk music, making it relevant for the young people with whom it is increasingly popular.
We explore the nature of string writing within traditional music, seeing the three fiddles as three individual voices. The music frequently shifts between polyphony and homophony, intimacy and power, employing chamber music techniques within the context of folk music. Our singing harmonies are used in a similar way, creating a rich tapestry of vocal sound alongside our instrumental music.