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Leicestershire born, Hertfordshire based Fay Brotherhood is an unusual combination of pagan bard and professional ecologist. Armed with her guitar and an array of traditional folk instruments, she crafts spine tingling medieval melodies, tongue in cheek satire and rousing battle cries for justice and freedom that will make you feel, think and learn (mostly about bats).
Inspired by traditional folk, progressive rock and psychedelia, Fay’s music has a distinctly 60’s feel and described as the “love child of Jethro Tull and Kate Bush” has invited numerous comparisons, including Steeleye Span, Buffy Sainte Marie, Joan Baez, Pentangle and Sandy Denny. Her parents, who played in bands throughout her childhood were a great influence on her and she sang from the moment she could talk, picking up the guitar and writing songs at just 14. Fay’s writing is intrinsically bound to her training in ecology, with learning being the spark that drives her creativity.
Since 2003, Fay Brotherhood has released four home produced albums (available here). A staple of folk, fairy and pagan festivals since 2011, Fay Brotherhood won the opportunity to open the main stage of Southwell Folk Festival in 2012. She is a regular bardic singer at Avebury henge. and has supported a long list of notable artists including Damh the Bard, The Swarbs, Dave Swarbrick and the Moulettes. In 2015 her song Blue Spiral Screams was released to critical acclaim on compilation Femme Fatales of Folk by Folkstock records.
2019 has been a busy year. Having all but disappeared from music, she was inspired in late 2018 to stage a comeback after she was one of two shortlisted for a vocalist vacancy with trail blazing pagan rock band Spriggan Mist. She didn’t get the gig but it started a great working relationship that inspired her to start gigging again. Picking up from where she left off, Fay Brotherhood is fast becoming a highly sought-after feature of Pagan camps and fairy festivals. She is currently planning a crowdfunding campaign to fund her first professionally recorded album, in collaboration with Spriggan Promotions, to be released in 2020. Join her mailing list to receive updates on how you can help!
In 2019 Fay also joined wandering troupe of circus rock insanity Papa Shango as one of their “Papette’s”. You can catch them here!
“If Fay Brotherhood stood up to speak in one of our ancient gathering places, I think we could all expect Fire and Brimstone more deeply felt, more real and chilling than any Christian priest could manage to mumble about...."
Tamsin Rosewell, Warwickshire Radio, 2015