Fiona inherited a love of Scottish music from her dad and has sung popular Scottish songs from a young age. She grew up in Partick, in the west end of Glasgow, spending time throughout her teenage years at her step-family home on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Since moving to Melbourne in 2009, Fiona has continued to pursue, and share, her passion for the Scots song tradition. Fiona’s busy schedule of traditional Scots song concerts, workshops and presentations is coupled with the PhD she is currently completing at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium. Her research focus is on traditional singers of Scots song who emerged during the course of the folk music revival in Scotland.
SAMPLE SOUND FILE from Clyde’s Water
Sound Clip: Fiona Ross – Clyde’s Water
Clyde’s Water, by Fiona Ross with Tony McManus, is available to buy from The Listening Post, The Online CD service of The Living Tradition magazine. Click on the CD cover image to buy the CD.
Tracks: Run Mountain, John Lover, Deep Ellum Blues, Hard Killing Floor, Sandy Grove, Red Rocking Chair, Mountain Fields, The Shark Song, Boll Weevil, Rain & Snow, Edward, I Never Cried, Lonesome Robin, Heartaching Blues.
Kieron Means – ‘Run Mountain’ This album has been enthusiastically received by everybody who has heard it. Kieron is the son of Sara Grey and has inherited much of his mother’s style and feeling for the tradition. This is a significant album.
Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre Ballad Tree – LTCD1051
Ballads from two of Scotland’s most passionate singers, whose wealth of knowledge and experience of traditional song is legendary.
Tracks: The Wife Of Ushers Well, Lamkin, The Two Brothers, May Colvin, Braes O’ Yarrow, Lover’s Ghost, The Wee Toon Clerk, Tam Lin, Clerk Saunders, The Daemon Lover, King Orfeo.
Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre have produced a CD that has been a ‘dream’ of theirs for many years. The album is called ‘Ballad Tree’ and as the title suggests, it is an album of ballads. Some of the accompaniments include the use of old instruments incluing ‘the buzzing harp’. Alison’s daughter, Kirsty Potts, is more strongly featured on this recording, singing in unison and in harmony with her mother. We feel that this is an exceptional recording.
This is the first album recorded for CD by Steve. This CD has been hailed as ‘the best ever’ from Steve, regarded as one of England’s major singers of the folk revival. The supporting musicians include Martin Carthy and Oliver Knight on guitar, Kevin Brown on slide guitar, Miranda Sykes on double bass, Gill Redmond and Riki Gerardy on cello and Nancy Kerr on fiddle and harmony vocal. James Fagan adds harmony vocal and Pete Flood drums.
Tracks: The Isle of St Helena, The Dry Cardrona, The Poor and Single Sailor, Bonnie George Campbell, The Rambling Beauty, The Glendy Burke, Young Waters, The Gold Watch, Sir Colvin, The Brave Dudley Boys, Where e’er you Walk.
Steve Turner – ‘Whirligig of Time’ – Steve has been out of the scene for a few years and has returned with a recording that many regard as his best ever – high praise for one o of the stalwarts of the folk revival and arguably the finest concertina accompanist you will hear.