Fiona Dickinson is a British songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Along with her work in the Double Phelix Music Collective and arranging strings for the ambient noise project, Saltbreaker, Fiona has a lengthy list of collaborations on stage, in the studio, and with independent film. Her work resonates deeply with her cultural heritage: a childhood spent in the windswept deserts of Saudi Arabia & Qatar, as well as the cold environs of Scotland and England.
An intense emotional exploration, Fiona's songs are rich with chilling melodies, delicate finger picking and intense, honest lyricism. Taking a cue from Bjork-esque vocalists, as well as adding elements of shoegaze, old time folk, and lush string arrangements, Fiona creates a beguiling dark sound. While the instrumentation of reverberated guitars, violins, and cellos is invariably complex and often provide unexpected hooks that draw a listener in, Fiona's most affecting instrument is her voice. Rich and mature, she drives it fluidly between sweetly breathed coos and full-throated wails. Her live shows are intimate and deep, begging the undivided attention of the listener. You can feel her voice pushing back the demons as she digs deep into a growl, and then angelically welcome in the healing process with the voice of tranquility.