Fay has played with Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron since touring her first solo album, Looking Glass. The trio line up expanded for Orfeo in 2012 to include Andy Cutting and Roger Wilson and, for Old Adam in 2016, Ben Nicholls and Toby Kearney have been added to the mix. All the musicians sing and play a variety of instruments and they’re involved for their approach to music-making and flare for bouncing off each other as much as for what they play. Fay’s partner Jon Boden also features on the albums, and there are guest appearances from Martin Simpson. The Hurricane Party is a movable feast, seeking to reinvigorate old songs and then take them out to reach new ears.
Alongside performing, Fay is lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Music Management at the University of Sheffield. She teaches a range of undergraduate modules including ‘Music in the Community’, ‘Music Business’, ‘Ethnomusicology’ and ‘Music of the World’. She is Director of the Music Management MA and was instrumental in developing a new Distance Learning MA in Traditional Music of the British Isles. Fay also supervises PhD students including Becky Dellow’s study on 18th Century Southern English Fiddle Manuscripts.
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Folk Singing Style
Composition within Tradition
Audience and Participant Development through Applied Research
Current Research Projects
Transmitting Musical Heritage: Co-produced research involving three community music groups exploring how they pass on tradition: musicalheritage.group.shef.ac.uk
Tradition in Performance: Investigating notions of tradition, composition and the editing role of the artist. Explored through The Full English, Musical Inspiration and a new project involving ‘heritage tourism’.
Folk Music Communities: Explorations of the relationships developed through the social and musical networks of the folk scene.
Audience and Participation Development: Applied research with external partners, Soundpost Community Network.
In conjunction with Inspiration & Co. and the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind, Fay worked with Sheffield-based producer Andy Bell and musician and folk singer Jon Boden to create a piece of music, which in her words would, “get us thinking about musical inspiration in a new way [and] communicate the way musicians think through making a musical piece…