“Rhythm and voice, the perfect combination” Zitty Mag, Berlin

“A great mix of traditional and contemporary songs with the expert percussion skills of Tom perfectly complimenting Fil’s exquisite vocals.” Falkirk Folk Club 


Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland from Co. Down, have been performing as a duo since the early 90s.   The combination of vocals, guitar and percussion, a mix of original and traditional songs with lots of choruses and the Irish gift of chat and craic, has brought them around the world many times.

Together, their latest CD,  was released during Summer 2017 and is an unusual album in that it features both vocalists in a solo role.  The collection of original songs, which has an overall theme of peace and reconciliation, reflects Tom and Fil's lives at home in Northern Ireland as well as life on the road and stories collected there.  It was recorded in their own studio in Rostrevor. 

Together features a great line up of musicians - guitarist Steve Cooney augments Fil's rhythm guitar work, while Tom's percussion is supported by Colum Sands on double bass for a few songs, Ben Sands on mandolin, and John Fitzpatrick on fiddle.   Cellist Nuala Curran and whistle player Brendan Monaghan complete the line up.  


Comments on previous album "Back There"

“Captivating songs”  Living Tradition

“Back There is nothing short of outstanding”Sounds of the Emerald Isle Radio, USA 

“… a unique voice.   She really gets to the heart of a song” Living Tradition

“Tom’s superbly judged and sensitively understated percussion and vocal harmonies…a perfect foil to Fil's glorious singing”  
David Kidman, Living Tradition

They say nothing's perfect, but your gig at Bacca Pipes on Friday came pretty close.” Tony Charnock, Topic Folk Club, Bradford


Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, Fil has been gigging regularly since she was a teenager and together with Tom who hails from Belfast, they have performed all over Europe, Ireland, the USA, Australia and UK, at festivals and folk clubs, on radio and TV.

With 8studio CDs to date, and several project recordings over the past few years, their repertoire is varied and eclectic.  Fil is well known locally for her work presenting both TV and radio shows as well as her interest in community choirs and working with adult singers.

Tom has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as John Wright, David Knopfler (ex Dire Straits), Finbar Furey and Ben Sands and is demand as a bodhran tutor and session percussionist and has appeared on many recordings.

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