Iona Fyfe is set to perform Thursday at the Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery. (Photo by Elly Lucas)

Iona Fyfe is set to perform Thursday at the Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery. (Photo by Elly Lucas)

Performer illustrates singing traditions of northeast Scotland

Folks singer advocate for Scots language

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honored at the Scots Language Awards with the title of speaker of the year in 2021, she performs both folk and pop songs in the Scots language, remaining true to her rooting in tradition.

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

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

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

Fyfe studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated with a first-class honors degree in Traditional Music and holds an FLCM from London College of Music.

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

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

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

Fyfe’s debut album, Away From My Window, received nationwide airplay on programs such as 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 features archive material of singers such as Stanley Robertson and Lizzie Higgins while drawing on the work of more recent songmakers 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 Northwind Arts Center before the pandemic.

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