Fermanagh in the North of Ireland, Fil was brought up on the folk songs that were popular in Fermanagh and Donegal and spent her childhood immersed in music. With both ceilidh bands and singers in the family, music was all around and performance was part of everyday life, both at home and at school. Belleek is the home of the world famous Belleek Pottery, where Fil's father worked all his life, and where she in turn spent several Summer holidays. After 3 CDs of original and contemporary songs, Fil returned to her roots for a TV series, Songbirds, for which she recorded 3 albums worth of songs popular in Ireland in the 30s, 40s and 50s. The series was first broadcast on Irish TV and profiles the women singers of that period.
Fil both performs and presents this documentary series which is already being seen as a valuable contribution to Irish traditional music archives. “Fil Campbell … has been likened to a lot of female performers, but can be compared to none. She has a unique voice and a knack of making every song her own.” The Word (Ireland) Fil has been working as a full time performer since the late 1980s. Throughout the 90s she toured extensively throughout Europe, Ireland and the UK building up a strong and loyal following on the folk circuit, mainly across Germany, Holland and Belgium, accompanied by her husband and musical partner, percussionist Tom McFarland. Her first CD, The Light Beyond the Woods, was recorded in 1992 in the world famous Spring Studios in Rostrevor, home of the Sands Family. Dreaming was recorded in 1996 - the title song, a commentary on life in Northern Ireland during the turbulent 90s, was written while travelling in Germany.
It won the prestigious Letterkenny Song Festival. Beneath the Calm was a further collection of Fil's songs, released in 2002 and had the beautiful “I Still Think of You” which she wrote in memory of her father. Fil's first band, Misty Morning, named after a song she wrote while still at school, accompanied her through her years at Queens University in Belfast where she also became part of the local promoting scene. After a stint running the now extinct Fringe Festival, she travelled with bands for a few years and eventually settled back in Belfast where she worked as a music publicist and promoter for many of the biggest gigs in Ireland at the time, under the supervision of the late great Jim Aiken. During this time she continued singing with bands and as a solo performer and backing vocalist, and added radio presenting to her portfolio as the regular voice of folk music on the airwaves of local BBC Radio. Highlights •Songbirds DVD Winner of 2006 JP Folks Video Award. •Tours with Tom McFarland and Brendan Emmett - Germany, Italy, Scotland, Luxembourg, Holland, Ireland and England. •Runner up in Glinsk song contest 2002. •First ever performer in Belfast's Stormont Castle - for Mo Mowlam's celebration of peace concert in 1998. •Dreaming wins Letterkenny folk song contest 1996. Discography The Light Beyond The Woods (1992) Dreaming (1996) Beneath The Calm (2002) Songbirds (2005) Songbirds DVD of TV Series (2006) Farewell To Cold Winter (Songbirds Part 2) (2011) A Place of My Own (2012) Read more on Last.fm.
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