Clyde’s Water is the stunning new album from esteemed Scottish traditional singer Fiona Ross, with master of Celtic guitar, Tony McManus. A superb example of the traditional style, this album brings together Fiona’s honest, evocative singing and Tony’s unrivalled guitar-playing to showcase Scots song in all its richness and diversity. The album also features acclaimed Scottish fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker.
Tommy Emmanuel described Tony McManus’ music as “beyond beautiful”, and John Renbourne deemed him “The best Celtic guitarist in the world”. Through Tony’s hands the emotions of Celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener is drawn into the vibrant energy of a reel, the timeless atmosphere of a lament, or the intricate sensitivity of his song accompaniment. A true virtuoso, whatever the context, Tony’s presence is unique and driven by a passion for the music. His engaging personality on stage has taken him to five continents and he has recorded nine records since his debut in 1996. This is Tony’s first visit to the National Celtic Music festival.
Respected in Scotland as a fine interpreter of Scots song, Fiona’s singing style displays her commitment to the tradition and a passion for keeping the old songs and ballads alive.
Fiona’s Scots language repertoire ranges from songs of everyday life, love and work to the ‘muckle sangs’ - the big ballads. These traditional songs are blended into a diverse and engaging set that includes contemporary gems written by some of Scotland’s finest songwriters.