Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of North East of Scotland. At nineteen years old, Iona has established a strong voicing of place in her repertoire and was a nominee for Scots Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona has been described as “one of the best that Scotland has to offer.”(Global-Music.de).
Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), “East”, her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim and has been re-released in German speaking countries by CPL Music. Growing up within the Traditional Music and Song Association movement, Iona has a number of high profile appearances under her belt, including performances at The Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom and a sell-out 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.
Her awaited debut, “Away From My Window” is a concept album, inspired by the source and revivalist singers of Aberdeenshire. Featuring archive clips of singers such as Stanley Robertson and Lizzie Higgins, Iona aims to showcase revivalism in folksong by creating a programme of modern interpretations of old ballads and self-penned songs in a traditional style. Whilst drawing on the work of Scottish songwriters such as Michael Marra and Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), Iona aims to showcase the universalism of folksong in an inter-genre manner. In 2018, Iona will be touring her album “Away From My Window” throughout the UK from March and will perform in Fergus, Ontario in April.