The performer exemplifies the singing traditions of North East Scotland

PORT TOWNSEND – Aberdeenshire folk singer Iona Fyfe will perform an evening of Scottish songs on Thursday.

The show will take place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Palindrome of Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road.

Tickets are $25 each at https://ionafyfe.brownpaper or at the door.

Fyfe’s work is rooted in the singing traditions of North East Scotland.

In 2021, she became the first singer to win Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Fyfe is a strong advocate for official recognition of the Scots language, leading a successful campaign to pressure Spotify to recognize Scots and add it to its list of languages.

Honored at the Scots Language Awards as Speaker of the Year in 2021, she performs both folk and pop songs in the Scots language, staying true to her roots in tradition.

“Dark Turn of Mind”, released in 2019, is Fyfe’s first all-English EP and features six ballads and songs found in both Appalachia and Aberdeenshire.

At 23, she has performed across the UK, Poland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, Canada and Australia.

She performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of the world premiere of Disney Pixar’s Brave in Concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Fyfe studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and obtained an honors degree in traditional music and holds an FLCM from the London College of Music.

Fyfe has been featured in several publications including “The Sunday Post”, “The Financial Times” and “The Wall Street Journal” and has made musical appearances on several television shows.

Fyfe is a regional member of the Scotland and Northern Ireland branch of the Musicians Union. She is director of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.

In 2020, she helped found Oor Vyce, the campaign group dedicated to official recognition of the Scots language and lobbied 35 of 129 MSPs to sign a Scots Pledge, which would seek to provide protection, funding and promoting the language that over 1.5 million people speak, according to the 2011 census.

Fyfe’s debut album Away From My Window was played nationwide on programs including BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio Scotland’s Traveling Folk, Take The Floor and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal.

The album contains archives from singers such as Stanley Robertson and Lizzie Higgins while drawing inspiration from the work of more recent composers such as Michael Marra and Aidan Moffa.

This concert series is produced by Rainshadow Recording as part of a new collaboration with Matt Miner, former producer of the Northwind Songs concert series held at the Northwind Arts Center before the pandemic.

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