Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland
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.
Sun 16 . Ballyeamon Barn 127 Ballyemon Road, Cushendall, Ballymena, County Antrim Ireland BT44 0QP
Tel: 07703 440558 Tickets by donation suggested £10.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Wed 17. Dunfermline Folk Club The Glen Tavern, 110-112 Pittencrieff St, Scotland KY12 8AN
Tel: 01383 724009 Tickets £8:00 (£6.00 Members) — From 8:00 p.m.
Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland (Singer Songwriter & Percussion Workshops Only)
Sat 20 & Sun 21. Folk at the Salmon Bothy Links Road, Portsoy, Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB45 2SS
Tel: 01261 842571 Songwriting & percussion workshops see website for full details.
Sat 20. Institute Hall, Institute St, Portsoy, Banff Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB45 2RR
Tel: 01261 842571 Evening Concert Ticket £10.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Tues 23. Quarter Acoustic Music Club Quarter Boolin Club, Limekilnburn Rd, Quarter, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland 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 Scotland KA12 0PS
Tel: 01294 317156 Tickets £8.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Tues 30. Cutty Wren Folk Club Redcar Borough Park Bowling Club, 1 Thwaites Lane, Redcar, N Yorks. TS10 2FD
Tel: 01287 622623 £6.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Wed 31, Red Lion Folk Club The Red Lion, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham W.Midlands B14 7LY
Tel: 0121 472 4253 £12.00 — From 7.45
Fri 2. Bollington Folk Club Dog and Partridge, 97 Palmerston Street, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5JX
Tel: 01625 575979 Ticket £7.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Together (Tom and Fil) (2017)
Back There (featuring Tom McFarland) (2015)
The Emigrant Woman’s Tale (with poet Csilla Toldy) (2015)
A Place of My Own (more songs from the Songbirds catalogue) (2012)
Farewell To Cold Winter (Songbirds Part Two) (2011)
Songbirds DVD of TV Series (2006)
Beneath The Calm (2002)
Jaimidi – Turn of the Day (2001)
The Light Beyond The Woods (1992)