Winners of two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Best Duo 2003, Horizon Award 2000, nominated again for Best Duo 2007
Groundbreaking English fiddle player and singer Nancy Kerr and her Aussie partner James Fagan (bouzouki, voice) play a scintillating mix of traditional and contemporary acoustic music drawn mostly from the English and Australian traditions. They are renowned for their beautiful and at times breathtaking instrumentals, strong harmony singing, original and fulsome arrangements and their love of live performance. A night with Kerr and Fagan is always memorable, and their love of interaction with a live audience has become one of their trademarks.
The daughter of well-known London singer-songwriter Sandra Kerr and Northumbrian piper Ron Elliott, Nancy started playing fiddle at the age of 5. Aged 16 she formed a duo with her contemporary Eliza Carthy, and they became well known internationally as part of a new wave of English Folk. As well as performing with her mother Sandra, folk-rock outfit Epona and more recently Tim van Eyken’s band, Nancy has always been in demand as a session artist. Her partnership with James Fagan has formed the backbone of her career since 1996.
James grew up in Sydney surrounded by folk music, thanks to his performing parents Bob and Margaret Fagan. They, James and his sister Kate formed The Fagans, and have toured the Australian folk scene for over 2 decades. In 1992 he was given an Irish bouzouki by his dad, and fell in love with the sound. The guitar-shaped bouzouki is now his main instrument, but singing has become his first and foremost musical love.
Kerr and Fagan have toured and recorded with many artists including Martin Simpson, John Kirkpatrick, Eliza Carthy, Andy Irvine, Alistair Hulett, and with their respective family bands Scalene (with Sandra Kerr) and Sydney-based The Fagans.
Their most recent project is 'Kerr Fagan Harbron', a trio with English concertina player Robert Harbron and 2008 sees the launch of their debut CD 'Station House'. www.KerrFaganHarbron.co.uk