sharing a passion for the Scots song tradition

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Track Listing
  1. The Rovin’ Ploughboy
  2. The Lea Rig
  3. Laird o’ the Dainty Dounby
  4. Down to the Sea
  5. Loch Lomond
  6. Mary Hamilton
  7. Twa Recruitin’ Sergeant
Fiona Ross: vocals
Ken Maher: acoustic guitar
Angus Downing: fiddle
Michelle Burton: harp

Special Guest Musician:
Jeff Lang: acoustic guitar, tenor banjo
Price: $18
Also available in-store and online from:
THE BASEMENT DISCS
24 Block Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
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ABOUT FIONA

Fiona was born and brought up in Partick in Glasgow, the youngest of a busy household of five children. It was from her dad that Fiona inherited a love of Scottish song, and singing these songs was part of her home life from an early age. It wasn’t until living in Edinburgh in the '90s though, that Fiona really became immersed in the folk scene – regularly attending folk clubs and taking part in the many vibrant sessions of the time. She was fortunate to be singing at sessions in the company of many great singers who remain at the heart of the tradition in Scotland and who are Fiona’s favourite singers to this day - Aileen Carr, Maureen Jelks, Cy Laurie and Danny Couper to name a few. Fiona was also greatly encouraged in her singing by folklorist Hamish Henderson, as well as renowned educator and singer Christine Kydd.

Having served her apprenticeship in Edinburgh’s sessions, Fiona joined the band Handsel, put together by Scottish folk scene stalwarts ~ guitarist and singer Brian Miller and multi-instrumentalist and singer Gavin Livingstone, and with Anna-Wendy Stevenson on fiddle. Focussing on Scots song, Handsel enjoyed playing at folk clubs and traditional music festivals across Scotland. The band also toured in Russia, together with revered traditional singer Gordeanna McCulloch. Fiona has performed in China and, with guitarist Murray Macleod, at festivals and folk clubs in the United States.

Fiona recently moved to Melbourne and since then has performed at a number of major festivals and events around the country. In addition to her own singing, Fiona is currently studying at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium where she is researching traditional singing and the folk revival in Scotland, working with esteemed tradition bearer, singer and songwriter Andrew Hunter.

FIONA'S MUSICS

Respected in Scotland as a fine interpreter of Scots song, Fiona’s singing style displays her commitment to the tradition and a passion for keeping the old songs and ballads alive.

Fiona’s love of traditional Scots song is inspired by the great traveller singers like Jeannie Roberston and Lizzie Higgins. She owes much to tradition bearer Andy Hunter for the insight and wisdom he has shared with her. Fiona has been influenced too by many of the tradition’s revered singers like Gordeanna McCulloch and Jimmy Hutchison, with whom she has been fortunate to share the stage.

Fiona’s Scots language repertoire ranges from songs of everyday life, love and work to the ‘muckle sangs’ - the big ballads. These traditional songs are blended into a diverse and engaging set that includes contemporary gems written by some of Scotland’s finest songwriters.

Fiona Ross Band

Fiona performs with a band of outstanding musicians, her strong, sensitive delivery of Scots song enhanced by fiddle, guitar and harp arrangements that bring new life to the old songs, whilst respecting the traditional style.



Fiona Ross Band

Musicians


Ken Maher
Ken Maher ~ guitar
Michelle Doyle
Michelle Doyle ~ harp
Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson ~ fiddle
Jim Green
Jim Green ~ guitar

UPCOMING GIGS

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (NSW)

October 14th 2016 to October 16th 2016

Fiona Ross  - Scots traditional singer and Michelle Burton - clarsach (Scottish harp) player

 

Fiona and Michelle in concert

Friday 14th at 4pm in The Pavilion

Saturday 15th at 10.15am in the St Josephs Church

Saturday 15th at 6.15pm in the La Petite Grande

 

Scots song workshop with Fiona Ross

Sunday 16th October at 12pm in the Pony Club

 

http://www.kangaroovalleyfolkfestival.com.au/

Fleurieu Folk Festival (SA)

October 21st 2016 to October 23rd 2016


FIONA ROSS BAND - Performances throughout the weekend featuring:

Fiona Ross: vocals

Michelle Burton: harp

Jack Wilson: fiddle

Ken Maher: guitar

 

http://www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au/

Bannockburn Festival (VIC)

October 29th 2016 to October 30th 2016

Fiona Ross Band featuring:

 

Fiona Ross: vocals

Michelle Burton: harp

Jack Wilson: fiddle

Ken Maher: guitar


(performing on Saturday 29th October only)

 

http://www.bannockburngolfclub.org.au/events/event/the-battle-of-bannockburn-timeline-festival/

Maldon Folk Festival (VIC)

October 28th 2016 to October 30th 2016

Fiona Ross  - Scots traditional singer and Michelle Burton - clarsach (Scottish harp) player

 

Fiona and Michelle in concert

Sunday 30th: time and venue tbc

 

Scots song workshop with Fiona Ross

Sunday 30th: time and venue tbc

 

http://www.maldonfolkfestival.com/

Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS)

January 6th 2017 to January 8th 2017

Fiona Ross

Scots Traditional Singer

Solo performances

 

Themed concert & workshop over the weekend

 

http://www.cygnetfolkfestival.org/

The Boite, Melbourne

November 19th 2016

The Waters Between

A night of traditional Irish stories and Scots ballads from Niki Na Meadhra and Fiona Ross, with Michelle Burton on harp, celebrating the long history of cultural exchange between Scotland and Ireland.

 

8pm to 10pm

 

Mark Street Hall

1 Mark St, Nth Fitzroy

 

Tickets available through www.trybooking.com/doub and at the door from 7.30pm

http://www.boite.com.au/content/waters-between

Recent Performances

    • Stonehaven Folk Festival, Scotland
    • National Celtic Festival, Portarlington
    • Newstead Live Festival

CONTACT FIONA

You can contact me at fiona@fionaross.com.au or by using this form.