18-year-old Matty Farren is emerging as an exciting fiddler, equally at home on storming reels as reflective slow airs, as well as a being composer of a clutch of new tunes in traditional vein, some of which are already finding their way into the session scene. Definitely a talent to look out for.
Parents Zoe & Tony have been playing in South Lakeland for many years, particularly at the weekly Wednesday sessions in the Lamplighter at Windermere, and in various ceilidh bands. Zoe’s fiddle neatly complements Matty’s, while Tony contributes driving guitar accompaniments to the tunes, and leads the vocal side of the trio. Furness Tradition Regulars may know Tony better for playing bass and harmonica in Tumbling Tom ceilidh band.
With so many and varied musical interests and other commitments the family haven’t performed frequently as a band, but in 2016 they were chosen by the legendary Taffy Thomas to be the “pit orchestra” for his nightly “Tunes and Tales” shows at Whitby Folk Week. While at Whitby they also performed on main stage in the “Family Connections” concert with The Rheingans and Askew sisters and the Kerr/Fagan family.