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.
His playing described by Tommy Emmanuel as “beyond beautiful” and deemed by John Renbourne as the “best Celtic guitarist in the world” – Tony McManus presents a virtuoso performance of guitar styles from around the world, played equally with passion, precision & astounding technique
Performing songs from stunning new album Clyde’s Water, Scottish traditional singer Fiona Ross’s honest, evocative vocals combine with Tony McManus’ unrivalled guitar playing to showcase the richness of Scots song in all its richness and diversity
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Fiona Ross & Michelle Burton will be performing at 11am
Perth Modern School, Roberts Road, Subiaco, WA 6008
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The Polish White Eagle Club
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80 Boundary Rd, Bardon
Petersham Bowling Club
77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW 2049
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The Spotted Mallard
314 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne
Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS)
Maldon Folk Festival (VIC)