Fiona Barrow is a Bristol based professional violinist who trained classically.
She then defected to the other side, following a love of traditional music and playing on the west coast of Ireland for 2 years. She then made a living as a street musician for several years travelling across Europe as a solo act and with various outfits including Tragic Roundabout, Fiasco di Casino, and Swervy World theatre.
She toured with the Doppelganger gypsy orchestra playing at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Skopje Festival in Macedonia and Tuzla in Bosnia just after the end of the war as part of an international troupe of artists creating a unique festival to celebrate the peace accord.
After moving to Bristol she played a sell-out run on Broadway with Travelling Lights award- winning show ʻInto The West.ʼ She also completed several tours with Kneehigh Theatre including ʻTristan and Yseultʼ at Sydney festival, Australia, Wellington festival, New Zealand and Spoleto festival in South Carolina.
Fiona was musician in residence in the Blackdown hills for a year with storyteller Jane Flood creating new work with local communities and drawing on local Somerset traditions, which developed into rural-touring piece ʻThe Chimechildʼ with Theatre Orchard.
Fiona worked for the charity ʻLost Chordʼ for several years giving concerts to Alzheimerʼs sufferers. She has worked for many years with Acta Community theatre in Bristol, composing, performing, and running music workshops for all ages.
Fiona is currently touring with the childrens show ʻPeter and The Wolf,ʼ and with the acclaimed show ʻPiaf -The Songsʼ. She has played for folk dancing for many years, with the duo Bristol players, and with Paul Hutchinson, appearing at Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Chippenham folk festivals amongst others.