- Home educated in Orkney, Fiona taught herself to read music and play the fiddle at the age of 14, after discovering her great grandfather Percy Driver's fiddle and bow in the barn on the family croft near Stromness. Prior to that, her only musical experience came from an out-of-tune recorder given to her aged five.
- Fiona started writing tunes just a year after she began playing, and has written over 275 to date. Many of her tunes have been played and recorded by fiddlers across the globe - including Troy MacGillivray, Katherine Wren, Sarah Deere Jones, Shane Cook, Douglas Montgomery and Manus McGuire.
- As a teenager, Fiona won many competitions for her playing and composing, including winning the Senior Orkney Young Musician of the Year Competition at sixteen; quite an achievement when she had only been playing for a couple of years.
- Fiona met her husband, Shetland fiddler Trevor Hunter, at the age of 15, and he became one of the biggest influences on her playing and teaching. Fiona attended three of Trevor's fiddle workshops in her mid teens, and they married 22 years later. They plan to record an album together as soon as time allows.
Fiona and Trevor
- Fiona also plays with guitarist and drummer Graham Simpson. Fiona and Graham were members of The Lone Star Swing Band for many years, playing Western Swing and touring with the National Theatre of Scotland's show "Long Gone Lonesome". Fiona and Graham also recorded an album together, 'Orkney Fire' and are planning another album shortly. During lockdown they had a go at remote recording........
Fiona and Graham
- Fiona has a strong interest in classical music and played violin with Orkney Camerata and the Orkney Orchestra for many years. She now plays with orchestras and chamber groups in Inverness.
- In 2018 Fiona graduated from the University of the Highlands and Islands, receiving a BA (with Distinction) in Applied Music, and in her spare time likes hiking, gardening, photography, embroidery, cooking, sewing and knitting.
- In December 2018 Fiona moved to Inverness and also launched the first album of Orkney birdsong, 'Orkney at Dawn'. This link will take you to a slideshow of Orkney photographs along with a soundtrack of an Orkney beach in spring....
Orkney At Dawn
- In 2020, after waiting the entire duration of lockdown, Fiona and Trevor bought a house and moved 20 minutes away from Inverness to the lovely village of Beauly where Fiona is now very busy teaching, recording and composing with a fabulous view of the Beauly Firth towards Inverness. She is also trying to climb as many mountains as possible.
- “Immensely accomplished and stylish” - FiddleOn Magazine
- “Totally captivating” - Folk World
- “Simply stunning fiddle playing” - Reading Folk Club