Fiddle & Faff is a duo of friends, Christine Adams and Lissie Bayford. Their finely crafted music is mostly drawn from the folk tradition, peppered with other influences that take their fancy and encompasses songs and tunes from the lyrical and lovely to the toe-tapping and quirky. Christine plays fiddle, accordion & nyckelharpa and sings harmony while Lissie sings and plays double bass and mando-bass, so that together they create performances that are entertaining and engaging.
Christine loves to hear folk playing music together. She has for many years loved watching what happens when those who play music sit together and create more than they might do by themselves. Sometimes what happens in the space in between is magical, sometimes beautiful and it is always worth finding out what happens.
After many years of working with children and helping them to find their own love of music, she is now concentrating on playing more and teaching less, and both sides of this give life to the other.
On the journey Christine has found help in growing her own musical life from many others. Learning from Peter Knight at his Violin Masterclasses has been central to her ability to recognise that her relationship with music is essential, not only so she can help others by teaching, but also for her own self expression. Singing with Lissie Bayford has given her the gift of sharing music and songs in a way that draws the listener into the space where they can share what the song means to them. For many years playing music with Steve Harding has enabled her to learn to let go and allow the music to have life. Asking Jonny Dyer for help in working out how to make the sounds she wants on the accordion was such a good thing, as his ability to spot what might need to happen to achieve the results she is looking for is a gift. To those and others, thank you.
Christine plays several instruments and these days is mostly playing violin accordion and nyckelharpa. She currently performs with with Lissie Bayford in Fiddle and Faff, and with Steve Harding as Steve Harding and Christine Adams. More about this, and about her teaching can be found on her own website www.christineadamsmusic.co.uk .
Lissie has loved singing since she was a little girl, when her mum used to recall that she would spend hours sitting on the garden swing and singing to the world at the top of her voice! She went on to study music and singing with Jane Gregson & Amanda Buckland at Kingston Polytechnic and more recently has been hugely inspired by the teaching of Maddy Prior in Cumbria.
Lissie has sung as a chorister and soloist with many different groups at venues ranging from village halls & pubs to the Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room on London’s South Bank and has a love of the harmonies and textures created by layering voices whatever the genre of music. She featured as a regular soloist with Felicitas Chamber Choir with whom she has recorded 3 CDs.
Lissie derives a particular pleasure from her partnership with Christine as they work together on finding the secret of a song; whether arranging a traditional song, interpreting someone else’s song, or creating their own song, and then sharing that secret with an audience.
Lissie also runs Cantiana Music where she enjoys enabling people of all ages and experience to discover their own singing voice and the joy of creating music together as she directs Cantiana Choir and the West Faversham Community Choir, as well as leading the ‘Singing for the Soul’ sessions. Together with Christine, she runs singing workshops in Kent. For more details of all these please see www.cantiana.co.uk
Songs Taken from our CD ‘Two Wooden Chairs’ recorded live at Broadoak Studios, March 2015 After We Had Talked: By Adams & Bayford All Because You Take Off Your Shoes: By Adams & Bayford Silver Dagger Traditional, arranged by Adams & Bayford Two Wooden Chairs By Adams & Bayford
Songs Taken from our CD ‘Two Wooden Chairs’ recorded live at Broadoak Studios, March 2015
After We Had Talked: By Adams & Bayford
All Because You Take Off Your Shoes: By Adams & Bayford
Silver Dagger Traditional, arranged by Adams & Bayford
Two Wooden Chairs By Adams & Bayford
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