Album of the Week – Fiona Ross with Shane O’Mara – ‘Sunwise Turn’ 1st Aug 2020.
Album of the Week – Fiona Ross with Shane O’Mara – ‘Sunwise Turn’ 1st Aug 2020
‘Fiona grew up in Partick, in the west end of Glasgow, also spending time at her family home in North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis during her teenage years. The youngest of a busy household of five children, she inherited a love of Scottish music from her dad, and began singing popular Scottish songs from a young age. It was in the 1980s that Fiona truly embraced the Scots song tradition, immersing herself in Edinburgh’s vibrant folk scene and serving her apprenticeship in the folk clubs and memorable singing sessions of the time. She was fortunate to be singing at sessions in the company of many fine singers who remain at the heart of the tradition in Scotland and who are some of Fiona’s favourite singers to this day – Gordeanna McCulloch , Aileen Carr, Maureen Jelks, Cy Laurie and Danny Couper to name a few’.
Fiona joined the group Handsel with Scottish folk scene stalwarts Brian Miller, Gavin Livingstone and fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson, performing at traditional music festivals around the country.
Fiona also recorded an album with Tony McManus – ‘Clyde Water’, another beautifully crafted CD which they took on a very successful tour in Australia 2017 in. They also met up at the Stonehaven Folk Festival and to the delight of the audience gave us some songs from the album.
Also with her Band – Fiona / Ken Maher/ Angus Downing / Michelle Burter / guest Jeff Lang ‘The Thistle May Bloom’
Since moving to Melbourne in 2009, and lived in Blackwood with a population of 275! surrounded by the Wombat State Forest Fiona has continued to pursue her passion for Scots song. In addition to her busy schedule of concerts, workshops and talks, she is currently completing a PhD through the University of Melbourne Conservatorium, working with traditional singers in Scotland and overseas to explore and document the importance of a singing style and tradition that is now rapidly changing. As a singer of Scots song, Fiona was mentored by esteemed tradition bearer Andrew Hunter.
In Australia, Fiona has performed at major events including Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and the National Celtic Festival. She is Patron of the Robert Burns Club of Melbourne.
‘Shane’s accompaniments are robust and, like Fiona’s singing, not given to over-elaboration, mostly holding to the melodies. They do, however, reinforce the mood of the songs and would, in some‘
‘Sunwise Turn’ tracks
- The Lowlands of Holland
- The Slave’s Lament
- Caller O’u
- Kelvin’s Purling Stream
- Auld Lang Syne
- Cam Ye O’er Frae France
- Mill o Tifty’s Annie
- The Wife of Usher’s Well
- This Is No’ My Plaid
- Wae’s Me For Prince Charlie
- John Anderson My Jo, John