Fiona McBain is a singer, songwriter and sound woman.
Fiona has shared the stage with musical legends such as Elvis Costello, Levon Helm, Donald Fagan, Phoebe Snow, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Ralph Stanley, Nancy Griffith, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and Bob Weir to name a few.
She was a founding member of the Americana-roots band "Ollabelle" who were championed by T Bone Burnett and signed to his imprint on Columbia Records in 2004. Ollabelle toured the USA extensively and went on to make 3 studio records and a live recording.
Fiona was also a founding member of trio "The Big Bright". The Big Bright made a luscious, dreamy recording of 80s new-wave songs called "I Slept Thru the 80s". The album was initially conceived as a lullaby recording, inspired by the fact that both Fiona and bandmate Glenn Patscha had both had children, but their covers are firmly in the dream-pop realm and have been featured on TV shows such as CBS's "Criminal Minds" and the recent "Charmed" in the USA.
Fiona also sings with bassist Mike Visceglia who is best known as long-time musical director for Suzanne Vega. Mike and Fiona record as duo "Then There Were Two". They made a CD of cover songs with just electric bass and voice. Their recordings were often featured on Tom Petty's Sirius Radio program, hand-picked by Mr Petty.
Fiona's most recent venture is a new album of murder-ballads and original songs with long-time friend, collaborator (and fellow band-member in The Big Bright), singer/songwriter Liz Tormes. Liz and Fiona's new project is called The Nine Seas and the album "Dream of Me" was released in April 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fiona and Liz still manage to sing together/apart by using the Acapella App and if you visit the website you can view all their recent collaborations as part of the Quarantine Chronicles.
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