BIO

Fiona Ford is a Lancashire (UK) based singer/songwriter. She writes and performs original material with her partner, Gerard McDonald.

BACKGROUND

Fiona Ford and is a Lancashire based singer/songwriter who writes and performs original material with her partner, Gerard McDonald. Born in Liverpool and brought up on the Wirral, Fiona has always loved music. “My Mum would play George Harrison, Madness and Tangerine Dream when I was a kid, and as a teenager I discovered Pink Floyd, The Doors, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush and Vangelis! I always knew that I just had to sing. I would wait until my parents went out then sing at the top of my voice, trying different styles and techniques. Taylor Dane’s ‘Prove Your Love’ was a particular favourite if I was in the mood to belt something out with gusto! Gerard and I joke that we’ll be playing ‘til the day we die, but it’s actually true. It’s not just a career; it’s a way of life.

“I always knew that I just had to sing. I would wait until my parents went out then sing at the top of my voice.”

I have been compelled to write poetry since an early age. I knew Jim Morrison had been recognised both as a poet and as a song lyricist and that inspired me greatly. I had been carrying around a head full of lyrics and melodies for years. When Gerard and I started writing together something just clicked. The songs on the debut album Leave Everything You Know are a fusion of ideas, some years old and some freshly created by jamming as we write”.

CAREER

When Fiona is not writing and performing original material she can be found touring as a session singer. Credits include numerous major theatre tours, including providing backing vocals for Joe Longthorne on his current UK tour. In recent years Fiona toured with PJ Proby as well as large scale shows dedicated to the music of Elvis Presley and Pink Floyd (but not at the same time, of course!) Fiona is also a studio session singer, providing lead and backing vocals and, where required, lyrics and melodies. Fiona was recently featured on a track written by Odette Swan (formerly Dave Winstanley) of The Classic Rock Society. The track also features Nick Magnus (The Enid/Steve Hackett) who recorded and produced it at his ‘Magick Nuns’ studio.

From time to time Fiona collaborates with other artists. She recently co-wrote two tracks from composer Rob Gould’s album entitled The Broken Road, including the title track itself. Fiona provided Lyrics/melodies and vocals. The album was well received in prog rock circles.


Fiona Ford recently supported the band ‘Dodgy’ on one of their acoustic gigs. Tracks from the Leave Everything You Know were well received and the buzz was tremendous!

ALBUMS

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LEAVE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW

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LEAVE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW

Leave everything you know
Everything you know
Everything
Leave everything you know
Everything you know
Everything

Flee from the wireless telegraphy
Leave, keep your ear to the ground
Heed to the call of the ocean
Breathe, be at one with the sound
I will be well off the radar
You will be not far behind
Don’t use the airwaves to find me
I’ll guide you here with my mind

Leave everything you know
Everything you know
Everything
Leave everything you know
Everything you know
Everything

Some folk don’t have the heart to do this
They’re so hooked up with their brain
And though we only use a quarter
It’s more than enough to drive us insane

Thousands of people are travelling
They are all parts of the whole
You’ll recognise them immediately
They are the kindred of souls
I will be well off the radar
You will be not far behind
Don’t use the airwaves to find me
I’ll guide you here with my mind

Leave everything you know
Everything you know
Everything

DANNY

Danny was the king of instant gratification
Heavy on the drinks and the loose relations
Uh oh, something’s got to go
Playing people off just to get his kicks
Funny for a while but a real sad way to live
Something’s got to give

Danny, Danny Danny Danny Danny
You’ve been a very very very naughty boy

Danny had a liquid lunch one day
Broke into the car on his best friend’s driveway
Thinks he’ll never pay
Danny took a ride down lovers’ lane
Nearly hit a woman but she jumped out of the way
Yeah this’ll be the day

Danny, Danny Danny Danny Danny
You’ve been a very very very naughty boy

They’re gonna tell you how to shower
Tell you how to eat
Take away the power
They’re gonna tell you how to shower
Tell you how to eat
Take away the power

Danny wore a suit to the local court
Fella in the wig sent him down without a second thought
Are we having fun yet?
Danny’s got the face of a rainy day
He’s really looking forward to a nice long holiday
In a very big hotel!

Danny, Danny Danny Danny Danny
You’ve been a very very very naughty boy

UNTOUCHABLE

Hang me from that grapevine
Hanging from the edge of a cliff holding on for dear life
Thinking what would Jesus do?
Well Jesus would be looking for a way out just like everybody’s looking for a way out, a way out

Devil on my shoulder, angel on the other
Saying Shall we, Shan’t we
Why the hell can’t we

There is a certain untouchable quality to your presence
I won’t waste no time
You’re heart is true and your soul knows no malevolence
You are just sublime

Trying to make a clear decision in the midst of chemistry
And my heart is winning through
But we’re not the first to feel this emotion
You know feeling like the centre of all things
Will soon be old news

Mind’s ignited, body excited
Thinking will we, won’t we
Why the hell don’t we

There is a certain untouchable quality to your presence
I won’t waste no time
You’re heart is true and your soul knows no malevolence
You are just sublime

I want to climb into your eyes and shimmy up to your mind
I want to climb into your eyes and slide down to your heart
Is this the moment when temptation shows its’ hand?

Devil on my shoulder, angel on the other
Saying will we, wont we why the hell don’t we?

There is a certain untouchable quality to your presence
I won’t waste no time
You’re heart is true and your soul knows no malevolence
You are just sublime

There is a certain untouchable quality to your presence
You can spend my time
You’re heart is true and your soul knows no malevolence
You are just divine

HANG ME FROM THAT GRAPEFINE

Hang me from that grapevine
I’m gonna suffer for your crime
Oh this feeling inside, I don’t deserve
But it doesn’t make it any easier to feel

For quite some time you’ve been pretending
Best of friend-ing me
You just talk, talk, talk
Empty vessels make a lot of noise

You’re jealousy is getting in the way of me
You’re telling lies
You want people to be seeing me a fool
But they’ve got their own minds
They’re gonna turn and look at you
Because they know just what you’re trying to do

You wanna hang me from that grapevine
You wanna make me suffer for your crime
Oh this feeling inside, I don’t deserve
But it doesn’t make it any easier to feel

I’ve only ever been true to you
I gave you my unconditional positive regard
I know that this should be so easy
So why d’you go and make it so hard?

I’m gonna climb up to your grapevine
I’m gonna suffer for your crime,
This feeling inside, I don’t deserve
But it doesn’t make it any easier to feel

Hang me from your grapevine
Oh, yeah
Oh this feeling feeling inside, I don’t deserve
But it doesn’t make it any easier to feel
No it doesn’t make it any easier to feel
No it doesn’t make it any easier

SPLIT LIP

Meet me back then, where the heat rose from the ground
We walked towards each other smiling in the haze
The image of you breaking through the embers of the day

Way back in time when we had an empty page
Showing passion never rage
Keep on walking to me sweet spring memory

Split lip black and blue
Never let it be said it wasn’t colourful
Mind you if it wasn’t for you
What would they write songs about?

Meet me back then lying on my bed of leaves
Face to face and so seductive in the breeze
Our confessions spiralled upwards,
Snaking through he trees

Split lip black and blue
Never let it be said it wasn’t colourful
Mind you if it wasn’t for you
What would they write songs about?

I will not let my heart be disparaged
Fear does not constitute a marriage
No, fear does not constitute a marriage

Split lip black and blue
Never let it be said it wasn’t colourful
Mind you if it wasn’t for you
What would they write songs about?

Split lip, Black and blue
Never let it be said it wasn’t colourful
Some fools like to swim in the blues
What else would they talk about?

DON’T THROW OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATH WATER

We had words last night but that’s fine by me
There were tears last night but that’s just healthy

So don’t throw out the baby with the bath water
Just stick around and maybe we can make it better

I like to deal with my problems on a pay as you go basis
So I’m never gonna hit you with a huge bill
I know you say you can’t sit down with me and show me your emotions
But I’ll help you and then I’m sure that you will

So don’t throw out the baby with the bath water
Just stick around and maybe we can make it better

Just help me out here
I’m just trying to love you
So just help me out here
Help me understand
Just help me out here
I’m just trying to love you
So just help me out here
Help me understand

So don’t throw out the baby with the bath water
Just stick around and maybe we can make it better
So don’t throw out the baby with the bath water
Just stick around and maybe we can make it better

JUST A LITTLE THING WE DO

Here’s a little ditty about me and my friend
Totally united til’ the drunken end
We like to hit the bottle when things get stressful
If we don’t remember going to bed we’ve been successful

Ooh, it’s just a little thing that we do
Ooh, it’s just a little thing that we do

All of this exercise is wearing me out
Repeated raising of the glass from table to mouth
I made it my profession to avoid responsibility
I probably should be somewhere right now but it escapes me

Ooh, it’s just a little thing that we do
Ooh, it’s just a little thing that we do

I drink when I am happy
I drink so I can grieve
I drink when I am worried
I drink when I’m relieved
I drink when I’m a failure
I drink when I’ve achieved
I drink when I am doubted
I drink when I’m believed

I made a meal but now I’ve got to bin it
Woke up just now and I was face down in it
The sink is overflowing and the cooker’s blazing
That I am still alive is just amazing

Ooh, it’s just a little thing that we do
Ooh, it’s just a little thing that we do

LIKE

I like people who smile with their eyes
And I like people who speak with a touch
And I need people who know when to stop
Because all too often I know when to not

I need people who are really real
Who don’t pick me up on everything I say
But just instinctively know how I feel

I like people who speak with their eyes
People who know how to empathise
And I like people who laugh from the belly
The nonsensical, the extraordinary

I need people who are really real
Who don’t pick me up on everything I say
But just instinctively know how I feel

Well there are so many souls in this world
If you can find your family you’re a lucky girl
It’s got to be people who you can believe
Who’ll hold you tight but still give you space to breathe

I like people who cry form the heart
Unashamedly falling apart
I like people who don’t try to tease
Or look down on me when I’m on my knees

I need people who are really real
Who don’t pick me up on everything I say
But just instinctively know how I feel

Yeah I need people
Who don’t pick me up on everything I say…

FLY

I walked out of my job on Monday
Well I guess the moment just took me that way
I stepped in the lift with the strangest of feelings
And just couldn’t think of a reason to stay

I’m gonna fly
I’m gonna fly

You’ll never do it if you don’t take the chance, yeah yeah yeah!
Freedom is the true definition of romance, yeah yeah yeah

On Tuesday I bought me a one-way ticket
To a place that I had never seen
Sometimes you’ve just got to break through the mould
And endeavour to swim up against the stream

I’m gonna fly
I’m gonna fly

You’ll never do it if you don’t take the chance, yeah yeah yeah!

Freedom is the true definition of romance, yeah yeah yeah

I’m flying in to the fire of uncertainty
I’m making friends with my mind and my soul
I am alive with a new spontaneity
Finding within me the meaning of home
You’ll never do it if you don’t take the chance
You’ll never do it
Freedom is the true definition of romance

You’ll never do it if you don’t take the chance, yeah yeah yeah!
Freedom is the true definition of romance, yeah yeah yeah

I live my life on the perimeter now
And it was hard for a while
But earning a wage that is just half what it was
Is a small price to pay for a smile

THE STALKER

I’ve been waiting in the wings for you
I’ve been waiting for the last curtain to fall…
And when the lights go down
And everybody has gone their separate ways
You and I will meet upon the stage
And do the things we cannot do in the light of day

I want you want you want you want you only
I’m waiting, waiting, waiting I’ve been lonely
I want you want you want you want you only
I don’t want to share you tonight

Upon my breast I have a heart tattoo
Between the ventricles the face of me and you, together
You looked directly in my eyes tonight
What you were really trying to say is hold me tight, you need me

I want you want you want you want you only
I’m waiting, waiting, waiting I’ve been lonely
I want you want you want you want you only
I don’t want to share you tonight

Pull down the curtain, I cannot wait
I’m certain so don’t hesitate
Pull down the curtain I cannot wait
Ohhh!

I accidentally found your home address
And accidentally put the back door to the test
And stepped in
I ran my fingers through your underwear
I even found myself a few strands of your hair
I’ll be waiting for you in the bedroom…

ODE TO THE ORB

You were six foot at sixteen and I wore red chiffon
And I just didn’t care about anything but you
Sweet smell of freshly cut grass: all we needed to live on
And an unspoken bond, and a love for the moon

We used to call you The Orb, for you favoured the night
Roaming the streets with your loose cigarettes and mysterious insight

Ode to The Orb
I hope life has been gentle to you
Ode to The Orb
You deserve so much better than most of them do

Mimicking Hendrix and Slash with your Capricorn fingers
And the nights that we sailed on the great crystal ship
Four people chanting in time ‘Is there anyone out there’
We were riding the storm
But it started to drift

We used to call you the orb for you favoured the night
Roaming the streets with your loose cigarettes and mysterious insight

Ode to The Orb
I hope life has been gentle to you
Ode to The Orb
You deserve so much better than most of them do

We used to call you The Orb for you favoured the night
Roaming the streets with your loose cigarettes and mysterious insight

Ode to The Orb
I hope life has been gentle to you
Ode to The Orb
You deserve so much better than most of them do
I wrote you a letter
And buried it down in the warm wood
I sat on the old log
And thought of you nothing but good

Yes I thought of you nothing but good
I still think of you nothing but good

GET REAL

I search under my bed
To find some circular coinage bearing her majesty’s head
And some pride to keep me smiling inside

Well my meter is on hold
So the heater aint working and it’s so cold
But I still got a fire inside

So imagine how I’m feeling every time

I see you freaking out
Silently unfolding from the inside out
I don’t hear what you say
There’s something more important on my mind today

I find work somehow
And if I didn’t know the meaning of tired I do know
But ahh, atleast I know I’m alive
It takes all of my will
And at the end of week it barely covers the bills
But there’s grace, in learning how to survive

So imagine how I’m feeling every time

I see you freaking out
Silently unfolding from the inside out
I don’t hear what you say
There’s something more important on my mind today

A free ride, no strife
You surrendered your opinions for a quiet life
Where’s your sweat, where’s your pain?
If you wipe away the makeup tell me what remains

I see you freaking out
Silently unfolding from the inside out
I don’t hear what you say
There’s something more important on my mind today
If you take away the makeup tell me what remains

EVENTS

NEWS

 
  • Fiona Ford performs with Rob Gould at the Buxton Octagon

    07/07/2014

    Fiona and Gerard recently teamed up with old friends Rob Gould and Nigel Moss to perform at the Health and Healing Festival in Buxton.

    Over the years Rob, Nigel, Gerard and Fiona have enjoyed significant recognition from the Classic Rock Society for their work together as ‘Fula’, ‘The Rob Gould Band’ and ‘Fiona Ford’. At the festival they performed songs from each project to a fully chilled and tuned in audience!

    This was their third appearance at said festival, the first being back in 2004. The Octagon is a truly beautiful venue, perfect for such an event as it is set in the beautifully tranquil Pavilion Gardens, and the festival was a great place to make friends. We even got asked to perform at another festival near Buxton next year. Details to be released nearer the time.

    Fiona Ford on Chorley FM

    10/06/2014

    Fiona Ford was recently played on Simon Robinson’s Monday night Rock Show on Chorley FM.

    Simon played Fiona’s ‘Untouchable’ along side artists such as ACDC and Black Sabbath.

    The show went out live on 9th June.

  • Fiona Ford to play the Eden Festival

    06/06/2014

    Fiona is delighted to have been asked to perform at the Eden Festival. She and Gerard will be performing acoustic versions of several ‘Leave Everything You Know’tracks. You can find Fiona Ford on the Melodrome Stage at 3pm on Sunday 15th June!

    The Eden festival is a boutique event, priding itself on giving festival goers a friendly, lively and colourful experience. This years headliners are De La Soul!

    This is the first nationally recognised festival that Fiona Ford has played. May it be the first of many!

    www.edenfestival.co.uk

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