Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Fil Campbell has been a performing musician and singer since she was a teenager. She was brought up on the folk songs and music that was popular around the localities and townland’s of Fermanagh and Donegal.
Since the 90’s Fil and her husband Tom McFarland who hails from Belfast have been singing and playing as a musical duo. Their unique combination of blending vocals, guitar and percussion plus the ability to mix their original compositions with traditional and contemporary songs — punctuated by the Irish gift of chat and craic — has won the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.
Fil is well known locally for her work presenting both television and radio shows alongside her keen interest in community choirs and working with adult singers. With a critically acclaimed catalogue of eight studio albums and several independent recording projects the repertoire of Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland is both varied and eclectic.
Tom, working out of his own Ballyneddan Studio where he is at home both as an engineer and producer has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as John Wright, David Knopfler, Finbar Furey, Ben Sands and many more.
As a percussionist he is much in demand as a bodhran tutor and session player making appearances on numerous recordings. Tom’s interest in percussion stretches to instruments from all over the world. In his live work he plays, the bodhrán, the African Djembé, Latin American congas and bongos, the cajon, and basically anything else that can be shaken or hit including your normal drum kit.
Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland
Fri 16. Down Arts Centre 26 Irish St, Downpatrick, N. Ireland BT30 6BP
Tel: 028 4461 0747 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 23. Dalbeattie Acoustic Club Maxwell Arms, Maxwell Street, Dalbeattie, Scotland DG5 4AH
Tel: 077 808 47701 Tickets £5.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thu 26. Loughton Folk Club at Loughton Club 8 Station Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4NX
Tel: 07914434685 Tickets £5.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 27. Barnet Folk Club The Bull Theatre, 68 Barnet High St, Barnet, London EN5 SSJ
Tel: 020 8441 5010 Entry Fee by Donations — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Mon 30. Stirling Folk Club Stirling County R.F.C., Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Rd, Stirling, Scotland FK9 5AP
Tel: 01786 478866 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 7:45 p.m.
Tues 1. The Star Folk Club The Admiral Bar, 72A Waterloo St, Glasgow, Scotland G2 7DA
Tel: 0141 563 0454 Tickets £9.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Mon 7.Rostrevor Folk Club, Crawfords Bar at the Rostrevor Inn, Bridge Street, Rostrevor, Co. Down BT34 3BG
Tel: 02841739911 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 25. Girvan Folk Club, Queen’s Hotel, 1 Montgomerie Street, Girvan, South Ayrshire, KA26 9HE
Wed 6. The Cross Keys Inn Folk Club Running Hill Gate, Uppermill, Saddleworth, Oldham OL3 6LW
Tel: 01457 874626
Tues 23. Quarter Acoustic Music Club Quarter Boolin Club, Limekilnburn Rd, Quarter, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 7XA
Tel: 01501 744165 Tickets £6.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Wed 24. Irvine Folk Club Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Road, Irvine, Ayrshire KA12 0PS
Tel: 01294 317156 Tickets £8.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Thurs 25, Lymm Folk Club 47 Eagle Brow, Lymm, Cheshire WA13 0AG
Tel: 01204 571167 Tickets £8.00 Dors 8:00 p.m. Advance booking £6
Fri 26. Bacca Pipes Folk Club, at The Ukrainian Club, 9 Henry Street (off Cavendish St) Keighley BD21 3DR
Tel: 01535 605310
Tues 30. Cutty Wren Folk Club Redcar Borough Park Bowling Club, 1 Thwaites Lane, Redcar TS10 2FD
Tel: 01287 622623 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Wed 31, Red Lion Folk Club The Red Lion, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7LY