Bearsden folk singer needs your help to realise her solo dream

The acclaimed folk group, Malinky, from left - Mark Dunlop, Arbroath's Steve Byrne, Fiona Hunter, Dave Wood and Mike Vass.

The acclaimed folk group, Malinky, from left - Mark Dunlop, Arbroath's Steve Byrne, Fiona Hunter, Dave Wood and Mike Vass.

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A TALENTED folk singer is recording her first solo album - but she needs help to make it happen.

Bearsden girl Fiona Hunter (29), one of Scotland’s foremost traditional singers, is undertaking this project as an independent artist, and as such will retain full creative control of the record.

The downside is that she needs to fund it herself if she does it this way.

Fiona said: “I’m determined not to cut any corners during the recording process. I will be hiring the studio, covering engineering costs, paying guest musicians, mixing and mastering costs, as well as paying for art, design and manufacturing.”

To make this possible she is using the crowd funding website www.sponsume.com to reach her target of £4,000 and so far she has only reached £432.

She hopes to release her highly anticipated debut solo album, featuring songs from her native Glasgow and beyond, early next year.

Fiona has been singing as part of renonwed folk song group Malinky for the best part of a decade. Her time with the group has seen them win many accolades including the prestigious Folk Band of the year award at the 2010 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. She has also been twice nominated in the Scots Singer of the Year category at the awards.

Any amount you can donate, big or small, would be appreciated.

For more information or to donate go to her website www.sponsume.com/project/fiona-hunter-debut-solo-album