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Smithfield Fair


Smithfield Fair

Smithfield Fair

Smithfield Fair has a dual persona as one of the foremost presenters of Scottish tradition-based music in North America, and long-standing recognition as performing roots-influenced singer/songwriters.  Two recent releases- Twenty for Twenty (1989-2009) and Charmer: The Perfect Café  (1973-1989) – combine to reveal four decades of recording and performing excellence.  First, in Charmer, Smithfield Fair members Bob, Dudley-Brian and later Jan Smith combined to perform as front-runners of the Americana and independent music scenes.  For the last 20+ years as Smithfield Fair, the trio has become recognized world-wide as passionately solid ensemble that creates timeless original music (listen to 2009’s The Longing) and brings new excitement to already timeless traditional music (hear 2010’s Scotland, Fair Scotland) .  Their close and unique harmonies are a trademark, while their approach to arrangements leaves audiences wondering how a trio can create such a large and dynamic sound.  They continue to perform a selective schedule of Scottish events and Highland Games, most especially at the Texas Scottish Festival and the Stone Mountain Highland Games, at both of which they share the stage with long-time friend, Alex Beaton. They have created 18 albums thus far and receive extensive airplay throughout the world, most notably in Scotland.  Recently published is Dudley-Brian Smith’s ­ The Reverend McLaurin’s Folk and Jan & Dudley’s The Green Grove (Scottish stories for children), part of the book collection from Stevenson Productions.  The group is the husband-and-wife team of Dudley-Brian (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Jan Smith (vocals, accordion, guitar, piano) and brother Bob Smith (vocals, acoustic bass, percussion).  Clips of their performances can be viewed on YouTube.  Their albums are available at all performances and on the web at www.smithfieldfair.com or at www.myspace.com/smithfieldfair 

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