A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, 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.
Hailing from Huntly, Iona draws inspiration from source and revivalist singers and is a fine interpreter of traditional folksong in a contemporary yet sympathetic manner. A BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award competitor, she has performed at venues such as The Music Hall Aberdeen, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Theatre and most recently The Royal Albert Hall in London. With her band, Iona has performed at high profile festivals throughout the UK from Orkney Folk Festival to Sark Folk Festival and others such as Celtic Connections, Stonehaven Folk Festival and Folkest International Folk Festival in Italy. Iona is currently working on her debut album, which is set for release in January 2018.
Currently studying BMus Traditional Music 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 Aidan Moffat's collaborative project Where You're Meant to Be, Iona has been featured in BBC Scotland programme Landward.
Having seen Iona first play live totally unaccompanied, this time she brings her band to complement her amazing voice.