BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 Finalist, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers who, at 18 years old, continues to embrace and promote the repertoire and language of Aberdeenshire throughout the UK and further afield.
Hailing from Aberdeenshire, Iona combines contemporary instrumental music with the traditions of Scotland’s rich balladry and folksongs. A BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, Iona has performed at prestigious venues such as the His Majesties Theatre and The Music Hal, Aberdeen, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Theatre. Iona has been invited to perform with her band at The Royal Albert Hall, London, where she will open the 2016 Music for Youth Proms. Iona and her band have performed extensively across Scotland and Europe at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Folkest International Folk Festival in Italy, Doune the Rabbit Hole, Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
A Traditional Music student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Iona has featured singing for Prunella Scales and Timothy West in the new Channel 4 series of Great Canal Journeys. Since performing at the Glasgow Barrowlands in 2014 alongside Tradition Bearers such as Sheila Stewart, Joe Aitken and Danny Couper for Paul Fagan and Aidan Moffats collaborative project “Where You’re Meant to Be”, Iona has won a string of prestigious Ballad singing competitions and has been featured in BBC Scotland programme Landward.
Growing up in Huntly within the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland movement, Iona is a fine exponent of Doric poetry as well as Traditional Ballads and Bothy Ballads. Singing at numerous national competitions, she has won a number of prestigious titles such as Best Female Singer both at Aberdeen TMSA 2016 and Buchan Heritage Society 2016. Iona’s sensitivity for ballads is what led her to be awarded 100/100 marks for her Traditional Song, Bonny Udny at The Buchan Heritage Society 2016 – an unprecedented mark in solo Traditional Ballad competitions.
“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
Iona’s debut band EP was released in July 2016. https://itun.es/gb/C0aQ5
“Ladies Traditional Singing Winner” – Aberdeen TMSA 2016
“Best Female Singer” – Buchan Heritage Society 2016 “Best Female Singer” – Keith TMSA Festival 2014 2015
“Female Traditional Singer” – TMSA Falkland 2014