SCOTTISH folk group Fara have a date at the Kitchen Garden Café in Birmingham, with a view to bring the authentic sound of Orkney to the UK’S second largest city.

A spokesman said: “Following a busy 2017 touring in the UK and abroad, the leading Scottish folk quartet begin 2018 with a bang, embarking on a UK-wide tour, this February.

Fara brings together four leading 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.

“Summer 2017 saw Fara storm a residency at France’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and delight audiences with hotly anticipated return visits to both Tønder Festival in Denmark, and Cambridge Folk Festival, amongst others.”

The spokesman added: “This February’s tour sees Fara play across the UK, from London to Kinross and everywhere in between. With the band’s growing international profile, February also includes a trip to Kansas City in the USA for a showcase at Folk Alliance International, ahead of a USA tour later this year.

Following a nomination for Up And Coming Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2015, the success of their debut album Cross The Line in 2016, lead to a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award. Fara also performed at last year’s event in the Royal Albert Hall, to a rapturous response.

The date for the diary is on Tuesday February 20.