We must #letthemusicplay. This is a photo from my last trio show on 8th March in Bilbao, Basque Country before the world entered lockdown. Despite the fact that cinemas, pubs, restaurants and shops are beginning to re-open, the arts and entertainment industry has been left on its knees. Pubs are to open, but live music prohibited. The government cannot ignore live music. We were the last to close down, and we will be the last to open up. In lockdown, we all turned to the arts for comfort and for our sanity – we consumed the product of artistic industries by watching it, listening to it and reading it. Yet, those who produced this art are the very people who have been left behind. As we begin to open up, we must support live music and give it a chance to survive. ✊🏻

📸 Carlos Garcia Azpiazu

A busy virtual weekend coming up!

Friday 26th – The Sofia, home of B Street Theatre Six Feet Apart 19:00 PT time. bit.ly/2YlzIO2

Saturday 27th – Tolbooth Stirling Saturday Shindig 19:30 BST

Sunday 28th – New Roots 21st Anniversary 14:00-19:00 BST

I will be streaming an hour and a half long live solo show at 20:00 (UK time) on Saturday 6th June, premiering a setlist of new and old material. The stream will then be saved to Facebook for rewatching on demand, so you can still watch it, even if you’re busy when it is first broadcast.

The show be streamed on Iona’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ionafyfe

A suggested donation of £5.00 (or more if you want!) can be taken at: http://www.ionafyfe.bandcamp.com/merch/iona-fyfe-livestream-show-saturday-6th-june

On a dreich January afternoon, I linked up with the brilliant Nashville based, Anthony Simpkins of GemsOnVHS to chat about ballads and record this very urban-looking version of Mill o’ Tifty’s Annie (Child #233) with Aidan Moodie of Gnoss.

Check out GemsOnVHS YouTube backcatalogue, there is truly something there for everyone: www.youtube.com/user/GemsOnVHS

Please do consider supporting GemsOnVHS on Patreon: www.patreon.com/gemsonvhs GemsOnVHS is a long running series of intimate, off-stage performances. Check them out on instagram (@gemsonvhs or @anthonysimpkins) Give them a like on Facebook too! (http://www.facebook.com/gemsonvhs) http://www.gemsonvhs.com

Check out Aidan’s band, Gnoss, on Patreon. www.patreon.com/gnossmusic