The Musicians Union have published a mini-review of East in their Autumn issue of The Musician Magazine!
“Vocalist and pianist Iona has graced many stages across her native Scotland and in Europe with her portfolio of haunting ballads and upbeat modern fare. Here her debut CD just sweeps from the speakers.”
‘East’ from Iona Fyfe Band – leaves you wanting more
(July 01, 2016)
Drawing deeply from the well of folksong that comes from the east of Scotland, ‘East’ the debut EP by Iona Fyfe Band rises like the morning lark. Treating the listener to six slices of East and North East tradition with an inspired contemporary edge, ‘East’ hooks immediately, remains with you a long time and leaves you wanting more.
From the instantly recognised bothy ballad, ‘Sleepytoon’, through the spritely Fyfe original ‘Pride of Aberdeen’ to the many versioned and well-known ballad ‘Queen Amang the Heather’, Iona’s crystal clear and infinitely expressive voice soars through the songs. From unaccompanied voice to the band in full-flow, ‘East’ stands as a testament to the strength, endurance and adaptability of the tradition. It also offers ample evidence that traditions of music, dialect and heritage remain definitely in good hands, listen to Iona sing the melancholy ‘Cairn o’ Mount’ or absorb the band delivering another many-versioned song ‘Earl Richard’.
Creating the magic on ‘East’ are Iona Fyfe (vocals, piano, shruti box) Charlie Grey (fiddle, tenor guitar) Chris Ferrie (guitar, bodhran) Callum Cronin (double bass) and Ross Miller (border pipes)
Just back from a wonderful weekend at Portsoy Folk Festival 6th Haal. The guests were absolutely outstanding – Emily Smith and her band along with festival favourites Joe Aitken, Geordie Murison, Jim Taylor, the Mabel Duncan Trio, Arthur Johnstone and many others.
I have recently just released my first EP – The First Sangs!
The First Sangs consists of four traditional Scots songs with a modern, unique interpretation of songs which are around 200 years old and was released in on March 1st 2015.