Fiona Ross Band - The Thistle May Bloom

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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.

Review by Graham Blackley

Fiona Ross, who originally hails from Glasgow but resides in Australia, previously sung in the Scottish folk band Handsel. Her prodigious work ethic and talented embrace of traditional Scottish songs has seen her perform at a host of high-profile Australian events such as: Port Fairy Folk Festival, Maldon Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, (with Dougie Maclean and with the Battlefield Band) and the Scottish Fling Festival at the Immigration Museum. This seven track album contains six traditional songs plus the evocative Down to the Sea, which was written by Donny O’Rourke and Dave Whyte. Ross’s crystal clear vocals and warm delivery ensures that ubiquitous folk club classics such as Loch Lomond sound fresh and vital. The tasteful musicianship of Ken Maher (acoustic guitar), Angus Downing (fiddle), Michelle Burton (harp) and “special guest” Jeff Lang (acoustic guitar and tenor banjo), proves to be a mellifluous treat. The Thistle May Bloom, which is likely to tug at the heart strings of anyone with Scottish blood surging through their veins, will impress the discerning lover of authentic Celtic music.

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 12 April, 2015.


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