Reviews

Scots Singer of the Year – MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

International Artist of the Year Finalist – Australian Celtic Music Awards 2019 

FATEA Awards Female Artist of the Year Nominee 2018 

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist 2017

Trip to Birmingham Irish Trad Fest Molloy Award Winner 2017

Dark Turn of Mind Reviews

Encompassing a new interpretation to the country genre. An infectiously gorgeous style.”  
★★★★ – Maverick

“Fyfe embraces the darker side of her voice with hauntingly beautiful results. The singing is as bright as the morning but the music suggests Fyfe could also be at home in a dark, smoky jazz club somewhere. The piano ballad style evokes Norah Jones…” Highway Queens

“Describing Iona Fyfe as a Scottish folksinger is probably doing her an injustice, as the versatility displayed on her new EP release, Dark Turn of Mind, reflects her grasp and understanding of jazz, Americana and much more.” – RnR Magazine

“Absolutely stunning” – Mike Harding

“Dark Turn of Mind keeps the crystalline vocals and tumbling sunkissed melodic smarts, but with lyrics now in English. Great things surely await.” ★★★★ – Country Music Magazine

“A major young voice in the continuous skein of the ballad tradition. Iona is a folksinger’s delight; the tradition needs more people like Iona” – Nicky Rossiter, Irish Music Magazine

★★★★ – Liverpool Sound and Vision

Dark Turn of Mind demonstrates the restless searching of Iona Fyfe. Iona, sounds like herself, her voice wrapping round the words like they are her own. A credit to Iona is how different this sounds to 2018’s Away From My Windoew and how she and the players have made the material their own. ★★★★ – Northern Sky

“An honest, compelling, and technically perfect performance.” – FRUK

“For something that is a departure from what she is best known for, Iona Fyfe has delivered a little gem of an EP. The emotive delivery, exquisite arrangements and excellent musicianship make this a must buy release.” – FATEA

Album of the Week on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal – 7th January 2019

Away From My Window Reviews

“Rising star” – Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman

“Painstakingly researched and beautifully delivered★★★★” Maverick

“One of the best that Scotland has to offer.” – GlobalMusic.de

“An exceptional CD from an exceptional singer”The Living Tradition

“A Scottish folksinger, magical and charismatic” – Rolling Stone, France

“Away From My Windows is a wonderful concept album, celebrating folksong revivalism and encouraging the notion that folksong is an evolutionary art form. Without exception, every track showcases her remarkable, hypnotic voice.” FATEA

“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

“While her tone is youthful and abundantly charming, the sense of assurance in her delivery is astonishing for someone of her tender years. In short, the listener’s attention will be totally engaged all the while Iona is singing.” – Folk Radio UK

“Away From My Window is an excellent start to a recording career ★★★★”RnR Magazine

“Away From My Window provides an engaging introduction to traditional song of north-east Scotland, delivered by a vocalist with a clear passion for the subject. A fine release.” Songlines

“Iona’s voice displays incredible confidence and maturity… Even without accompaniment, Iona’s voice is as finely tuned, precise and eminently enjoyable an instrument as you’ll find… Utterly haunting.”   – Folk Radio UK 

“A testament to the strength, endurance and adaptability of the tradition.”  FolkWords

“When it comes to folk music, she has one of the most stunning voices on the circuit today.” – Artree

“Most very excellent” Mike Harding

“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.” – The Musician, The Musicians Union

“An indication of the strength of what lies in the Scots tradition. One also which represents a record of the fledgling flight of an artist whose own story could run and run.”Bright Young Folk

“The combination of Iona’s voice and delivery holds us spellbound throughout, hanging every detail of the story.”– Folk Radio UK

Celtic Music radio’s Album of the Week – Week Beginning 7th July

As heard on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 with Gideon Coe, BBC Radio Scotland Travelling Folk, Take The Floor and BBC Radio Shropshire Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk.