Iona Lane is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician who is currently studying for a BA Hons (Folk) degree, with a scholarship, at Leeds College of Music under the tuition of Jim Moray, Nancy Kerr and Bryony Griffith. Performing a mix of traditional and original folk songs, Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have been captivating audiences up and down the country.
Iona has released four EPs to date: ‘Dry Stone Walls’ (December 2015); ‘Solace’ (February 2017); ‘Pockets’ (September 2017) and ‘Golden Sleeves’ (December 2018). 'Pockets' was nominated for the FATEA Award for Single/EP/Short Album of the Year 2017. Iona is to release her fourth EP, titled ‘Golden Sleeves’, in December 2018.
Iona’s latest released, ‘Golden Sleeves’, was recorded in an afternoon at Stonegate Studios (Bentham), just down the road from Iona’s childhood home in rural North Yorkshire. “It was such a fitting place to record, surrounded by the countryside I grew up in.” Iona talks about how moving to Leeds and leaving home has influenced her recent songwriting and style. “‘Hear The Birds’, the opening track, is all about the nostalgia of the countryside now that I live in the city. In my first year at university I lived in the city centre. Late at night when the city was asleep I could always here birdsong. The juxtaposition of being in the city centre and hearing birds made me think of my childhood home.” ‘Golden Sleeves’ comprises of two original songs and a traditional Irish song, called ‘The Month of January’, which she learnt from the singing of June Tabor.
Since the release of Iona’s latest EP, ‘Golden Sleeves’, Iona has started to hone her songwriting even more to start putting together her debut album. With influences coming from folk, jazz, prog rock and traditional music Iona’s songwriting is becoming more and more eclectic.
Iona is endorsed by Tanglewood Guitars.
Iona has supported many names within the folk scene including: Ken Nicol; Blair Dunlop; Larkin Poe; State of the Union; Iona Fyfe; Edgelarks; Luke Jackson; Gilmore & Roberts; Alden, Patterson & Dashwood; Boo Hewerdine; and The Askew Sisters to name a few. Iona has played many headline gigs across the UK as well as a co-headline tour with songwriter Kate Howden.
“Iona is definitely one to watch out for, well-crafted songs, sensitive guitar work embroidered with harmonics and a voice that completes the package. As one of the audience said to me after her set, “You certainly know how to find them, lovely”!” - Keiron Jones, Hitchin Folk Club (2019)
"It's always a joy to see Iona Lane who is a real rising star, constantly looking to innovate and progress and she found a lot of new fans with beautiful songs." - Tony Birch, FATEA (2018)
“Gorgeous voice!” - Wath Festival (2019)
“Crystal clear diction, engaging songs and beautiful delivery.” - Helen Meissner, Folkstock (2018)
"IONA LANE treats us to a short set of Joni-flecked indie folk. The five tracks were lovely, simple and acoustic but the highlight was yet another song that transported the Frenchay faithful to a different place. Her version of the traditional The Loch Tay Boat Song stopped time. Scots to its very bones and seriously beautiful. An utter treat." - Gavin McNamara, Downend Folk Club (2018)
In the Studio
Friday 20th March 2020 at 7.45pm