Talented duo at Montrose Folk Club

Fiona Hunter, with Mike Vass, will be the guest of Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose on Thursday, March 20 at 8 p.m.

For almost 10years, Fiona was the lead singer of the renowned Scottish folk group, Malinky.

During this period, the band won many accolades, including the prestigious award of ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the 2010 Scottish Trad Music Awards.

Fiona, who plays cello as well as singing, is now performing in a duo with fiddler Mike Vass, also of Malinky and currently a member of the award-winning Paul McKenna Band.

She is now establishing her solo career as one of Scotland’s foremost singers. She has a growing reputation as a highly gifted song interpreter.

Fiona began her singing career while completing her degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), where she studied under the guidance of highly revered singers such as Brian MacNeill of Battlefield Band Fame, and Andy Hunter.

She has a particular enthusiasm for the songs of the Scottish travellers, having worked with members of the Perthshire-based Stewart family, learning her craft first-hand from the last tradition-bearers of the celebrated song dynasty.

She has twice been nominated for the award of ‘Singer of the Year’ at the Scottish Trad Music Awards, including at the most recent awards ceremony in December 2013, held in the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club on March 20 for an evening of great music and song from Scotland. Fiona and Mike are on stage at 8 p.m., doors at the Links Hotel open at 7.30 p.m.