Fiona Black has been travelling and touring around the world for over ten years creating and learning a lot.
From the Highland village of Evanton, Fiona Black developed a love of music and dance from a young age and the feisean movement provided her with the opportunity to nurture this passion. She went on to attend the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and later the University of Limerick and Cape Breton University. She is a founding member of the band The Outside Track, with whom she has toured extensively. The Outside Track combine Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton traditional music and songs and have toured throughout Canada, USA, Germany, France, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, UK, Ireland, Australia and India. They played at many folk festivals including -Celtic Connections, Tønder, National Folk Festival Australia, Celtic Colours Cape Breton, Fringe Festival, Mission Folk Festival and Festival Mémoire et Racines. The band won ‘Best Group’ category in both the Live Ireland and ‘Tradition In Review’ awards and also won the German Radio Critics’ Prize for the album ‘Flash Company’.
Fiona also works with Irish concertina player Caroline Keane, with Scottish Borders singer and fiddler Lori Watson, and with Scottish Highlands and Islands band Beira.
She also had the opportunity to collaborate with French /Irish/Scottish fusion band Voyage de Nuit, with Norweigian accordion player Hilde Fjerdingøy, Swedish musicians Anna Lindblad and Adam Johansson and several others over the years.
Fiona is also a secret artist and writer. She has continued throughout her touring career and nomadic living to create art and write inspired by the travel and experiences and recently become an award-winning writer in fiction.
She recently completed a MLitt in Highlands and islands Culture which reengaged a love of archive research in several subjects and has worked recently as a freelance researcher for several small heritage and folklore projects.