IONA FYFE – Away From My Window
Cairnie Records IF18AWAY
Iona’s been making significant waves in Scotland’s North East – and well beyond it – in recent years, immersing herself in the ballad and bothy tradition that remains so strong and distinctive in her home area, so this debut album’s not before time.

I know I’m getting old when the notes refer to songs from singers I knew as “archive material”, but she’s chosen well, and her crystal clear voice treats the songs sympathetically, and her voice never sounds strained while effortlessly giving the ballads a fresh twist. At the same time, her time spent with, and listening to, traditional singers has not been wasted, and her singing style is natural and instinctive. This is underlined by the musical accompaniment, provided by a galaxy of first rate musicians; never intrusive or overpowering, just doing the job it should. There are a couple of tracks prefaced by snippets from Stanley Robertson and Lizzie Higgins, accentuating the connection she feels with her roots.

This not to say that her repertoire’s limited; it’s certainly not. She’s just as much at home with more contemporary material like Michael Marra’s Take Me Out Drinking, and the self-penned Banks Of The Tigris is outstanding, both as a song and in terms of its performance.

This is an exceptional CD from an exceptional singer that just grows on you with each hearing. She’s obviously being picked up by the festival circuit, but don’t wait for that to happen, this CD is recommended listening with almost no reservations except for two requests: can we please have more than 10 tracks on the next recording? And can we please not have to wait too long for it?

John Waltham

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Debut album “Away From My Window” from Aberdeenshire folksinger. 

“Traditional Scottish folk, painstakingly researched and beautifully delivered”

★★★★ Maverick ★★★★ RnR Magazine


Away From My Window – C.D.

“Away From My Window” is a concept album, inspired by the source and revivalist singers of Aberdeenshire. Postage and packaging included in price.




September 2018
6/9 Nitten Folk Club
8/9 Linlithgow Folk Festival
9/9 Bromyard Folk Festival (Iona Fyfe and Cameron Nixon)
10/9 The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (Iona Fyfe and Cameron Nixon)
11/9 Sharps Folk Club, London (Iona Fyfe and Cameron Nixon)
12/9 Folkroom, London (Iona Fyfe and Cameron Nixon)
13/9 Folkroom, Brighton (Iona Fyfe and Cameron Nixon)
15/9 Taynuilt Village Hall (TMSA Young Trad Tour)
16/9 Paisley Arts Centre (TMSA Young Trad Tour)
19/9 Woodend Barn, Banchory (TMSA Young Trad Tour)
21/9 Poolewe Village Hall
27/9 Uxbridge Folk Club (supporting Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby)

October 2018 11th “Scottish Colours” Tour
05/10 Nakielsis Cantat Festival, Poland
12/10 Aboyne Theatre, Across the Grain Festival
18/10 Salzburg, Austria – OVAL, Die Bühne im Europark
19/10 Öblarn, Austria – KU:L
20/10 Oslip, Austria – Cselley Mühle
21/10 Korneuburg, Austria – Gwölb
22/10 Wien, Austria – Reigen
23/10 St. Polten, Austria – Cinema Paradiso
24/10 Baden, Austria – Cinema Paradiso
25/10 Steyr, Austria – AKKU
26/10 TBC
27/10 Innsbruck, Austria – Teibhaus
28/10 St. Georgen a L, Austria – HUTKultur
29/10 Tricesimo, Italy – Teatro Garzoni
30/10 Gleisdorf, Austria – forumKLOSTER
31/10 Bad Ischil, Austria- Lehartheater

November 2018
1/11 Hohenems, Austria – Löwensaal
2/11 Winterthur, Switzerland – Alte Kaserne
3/11 Weer/Tirol R (A) Donauer Hof
7/11 Dunfermline Folk Club
9/11 Garmouth Folk Club
10/11 Blairgowrie Hamish Matters Festival
12/11 Colindale Folk Club, NW London
16/11 Swindon Folksingers Club, Wiltshire
17/11 Cellar Upstairs Folk Club, London
18/11 RISC Global Cafe, Reading
24/11 Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective (Song Tutor)
25/11 Trip to Birmingham Irish Trad Fest