Fiona Mactaggart


Headshot of Fiona Mactaggart - a member of the Women in Jazz Media team team


As well as writing many articles for our magazine and Jazz in Europe column, Fiona has been instrumental in leading our wellbeing initiatives and exploring ways to support the community. Speaking to artists such as Ali Affleck  Fiona’s work in this area is invaluable.

I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having previously worked in the National Health Service, nowadays I review music (in full knowledge that reviewing is utterly subjective) – mainly jazz, traditional music and new classical. I focus mostly but not exclusively on music happening here in Scotland, as it feels important to look outwards as well as inwards.

Many of my reviews are on the Scottish Jazz Space, the site I started for music enthusiasts who enjoy jazz and music that is experimental, questing or a wee bit odd.  In other words, music that is interesting, however it might be labelled.  and also in ‘DooBeeDooBeeDoo New York‘ webzine, Jazzwise website, London Jazz News webzine, Songlines magazine, Jazz in Europe webzine and Women in Jazz Media webzine.  A small selection is here: 

My main aim is to spread the word and encourage interest in new music, whatever labels might be attached, particularly all the great music that’s happening across Scotland.

In 2021, in order to address the gender imbalance in music journalism, I became a committee member of Women in Jazz Media  Also in 2021, I co-founded the music agency Jazz Forward  as a means of showcasing some of the diverse musical talent in Scottish Jazz.

I also play drums.

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