Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. At twenty-one years old, Iona has established a strong voicing of place in her repertoire and was titled Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Iona has been described as “one of the best that Scotland has to offer.” (Global-Music.de) and was the winner of the Molloy Award at The Trip to Birmingham Irish Trad Fest 2017. At a mere age of 21, with a number of high profile appearances under her belt, Iona has recently performed in the World Premiere of Disney Pixar’s, Brave in Concert featuring the Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Iona’s voice has been described “a testament to the strength, endurance and adaptability of the tradition.” (FolkWords). The North East singer was nominated for “One to Watch” and “Best Live Performance” at the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards. In 2018, Iona performed at Interceltique Festival De Lorient were where she was described as “a Scottish folksinger, magical and charismatic” (Rolling Stone, France)
Iona’s debut album Away From My Window was held to critical acclaim and received nationwide airplay on programmes such as BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, Take The Floor and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal. An exploration of her unique style and songwriting voice, Away From My Window features archive material of singers such as Stanley Robertson and Lizzie Higgins whilst drawing on the work of more recent songmakers such as Michael Marra and Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap). Produced by Jani Lang, of Dallahan, Away From My Window features a stellar folk line-up of musicians such as Luc McNally (Dosca), Tim Edey (Tim Edey Trio), Charlie Grey (Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach), Simon Gall (Salsa Celtica), David Foley (RURA), Graham Rorie (Gnoss), Charlie Stewart, and Ross Miller.
“Away From My Window” was premiered at a sold out Celtic Connections performance featuring a larger musical ensemble and live on-stage sampling of source singers. In 2018, Iona looks forward to a busy touring schedule in the UK, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Canada including festivals such as Ely Folk Festival, Folk am Neckar, Fife Sing and Festival Interceltique de Lorient.
“Poignant and well delivered. Singing well within herself, Iona’s voice, at times reminiscent of Cara Dillon, is well suited to the ballads recorded on this album.” – Scottish Field
★★★★ Maverick ★★★★ RnR Magazine
With her band, comprised of Luc McNally, Charlie Grey and Ross Miller, Iona has performed at several festivals throughout the UK from Orkney Folk Festival to Sark Folk Festival all whilst continuing her demanding studies at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Iona has gained a FLCM in Scottish Traditional Voice from The London College of Music and is one of six National Directors of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.