I'm based in Edinburgh, Scotland and used to work in the National Health Service. For some years I’ve written music reviews, mainly jazz, world music and new classical. Many of these reviews are on my website, Scottish Jazz Space. My aim is to spread the word about interesting new music, whatever labels might be attached. I also play drums.
"Over recent years Fiona has become established as a vital journalist specialising in the Scottish music scene, with a particular affinity for jazz and new music. Her connection to the music she writes about, the thoroughness of her knowledge and joy in sharing her insight shines through her effortless prose. Her writing is as engaging as it is expressive and continues to encapsulate the essence of a multitude of diverse new releases." - Simon Thacker, Guitarist, Composer, Teacher (personal email, 2020)
“Fiona Mactaggart is a gifted writer, who listens deeply to all aspects of the music, producing thoughtful and insightful reviews.” – Diane Moser, Jazz pianist, Composer, Big band leader, Teacher (personal email, 2018)
Regarding new music, “you have open ears.” – John Luther Adams, Composer (personal email, 2015)