Smithfield Fair has a dual persona as one of the
foremost presenters of Scottish tradition-based music in
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
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
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