Gina Le Faux is an outstanding musician and singer who has spent a lifetime perfecting her skills on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Born and raised in Liverpool, she heard her first folk songs sung by her family when she was a child. Gina was a pupil of fiddle player, singer and song collector James Carmichael of Ballymena and still plays tunes and songs she learned as a teenager from James. She turned professional in 1979 and moved to Fort William in the Western Highlands and then after a brief period in the North West of England moved to Edinburgh. After a few years in Edinburgh she moved to London where she regularly played with Fiddlers Jimmy Power and Danny Meehan and then she moved to Sheffield. Gina has performed all over the world and is now based in Sheffield. She has played, toured and recorded with some of the legendary performers of the British Folk scene including Dave Swarbrick, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Simpson and Sam Lee, to name but a few.
Gina has released seven solo albums, all have received critical acclaim and she has appeared on many other albums as a band member or session musician. Her most recent outing, In My Life, includes eight original compositions as well as songs by Hank Williams and Lennon/McCartney. It also features her version of the beautiful traditional song Kellswater collected by James Carmichael. Guest appearances by Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, Hugh Bradley and Keith Angel complement Gina’s lilting vocals and exquisite guitar and fiddle playing. You can buy Gina Le Faux CDs at our online store here.
Alongside her solo career, Gina has been a member of various bands including Hom Bru, Shegui, Red Shift and the Tannahill Weavers. Although currently performing and recording primarily as a solo performer, Gina continues to be in demand as a guest musician both for live concerts and recordings.
Gina is a very experienced teacher of traditional fiddle and mandolin and has released a fiddle tutor DVD and has taught and inspired many of the younger generation of musicians including James Raynard and James Meadows to name a few.
The fiddle has been a life long passion for Gina and also makes and restores violins and deals in violins and mandolins.