In one of the recent episodes of the Folk Radio Podcast – Folk Radio Episode 51 – I have discovered a song that I did like immediately – especially because I could recognize a nicely played mandolin. This way I have discovered the music of Scottish singer Iona Fyfe.
The song Swing and Turn is taken from the new album Dark Turn of Mind which got a review by Folk Radio. Folk Radio writes about Swing and Turn: „As for those iconic tradition-bearers mentioned earlier – Jean Ritchie was the source for the lively, upbeat Swing and Turn. Iona was inspired to take on this song after seeing it performed by Boston singer/fiddler Laura Cortese at the Orkney Folk Festival, and her own arrangement seems to celebrate the host of links between Scottish and Appalachian traditions. „
Guise of Tough – Celtic Connections 2018
On this video you can see the mandolin player Graham Rorie together with Iona Fyfe:
Iona Five has just got an award at the SCOTS Trad Music Awards 2018: Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Iona Fyfe
I have compiled a playlist with performances from the Celtic Connections 2018 in Glasgow.
The Playlist starts with some great videos from the Bothy Culture concert with the Danny MacAskill and the GRIT Orchestra.
First video: Danny MacAskill (mountain bike) recreates some of his ‘Ridge’ film at the concert.
Other bands included are: The String Sisters, The Johnstone Pipe Band, Angus J MacColl, Tryst, Skipinnish, Big Country, James Duncan MacKenzie, Finlay MacDonald, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Apiary, Vair from Shetland, Roelle Blue, Le Vent du Nord, Sian, Emily Barker, Project Smok, Frank Turner, Will Varley, Elephant Sessions, Sarah Jaroz, and more.
I would like to show one video because in this video you can see Eeva Talsi from Estonio from the band Curly Strings. Curly Strings played in Freiburg just before the went to Glasgow for the Celtic Connections where she played with her Torupilli Jussi Trio.
You can find more performances from Celtic Connections 2018 on the website of the BBC:
Open Airs is a musical log book of travels in Norway, Ireland and Scotland.
In 2011, Norwegian musician and composer Kyrre Slind quit his job, bought a banjo and hit the road on a Vespa 125 scooter, heading for Ireland. 4 years later – rich in new experiences – he releases his first solo album Open Airs, recorded in Scotland and Norway.