The new decade marks an exciting new chapter for Scotland’s fabulous fiddle-led Fara..
Founding Orkney frontwomen Jeana Leslie, Catriona Price and Kristan Harvey welcome young Highland pianist Rory Matheson to the line-up.
Having bid a fond farewell to original fourth member Jennifer Austin, who’s moved on to other projects, Fara recruited Matheson via the fabled folk scene in Glasgow, their shared adoptive hometown. With all three fiddlers being fast friends from childhood, Jeana explains, “We weren’t only looking for an excellent musician we could enjoy listening to, but just as importantly, someone willing to put up with us on a full-time basis. Then from speaking to friends and fellow musicians, Rory was the name that just kept coming up.”
A 2018 finalist in BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Matheson hails from the rich musical heartland of Scotland’s north-west coast, where he learned his craft through the world-renowned Fèis Rois youth programme. While studying at Glasgow’s prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), with top folk pianists Mary McCarthy and James Ross, he also began exploring jazz and blues, developing his distinctively diverse melodic, harmonic and rhythmic palette on both standard piano and digital Nord model.