Having grown up in a Doric-speaking family, Iona Fyfe has been singing pretty much her whole life, and it’s this mix of the traditional and the contemporary that affords this album its feeling of both maturity and freshness.
Bookended by two feisty tracks reminiscent of Old Blind Dogs ─ the Bothy ballad Guise of Tough and the pipe/ mandolin-driven Pit Gair ─ Away From My Window‘s 10 tracks hold the listener’s interest from the outset and never lets go.
Boasting a stellar cast of supporting musicians drawn from the likes of Rura, Dosca and Gnoss, and augmented by Tim Edey’s beguiling accompaniments, Iona’s distinctive voice winds its way through the melancholic Banks of Inverurie, the evocative title track Away From My Window ─ enhanced by an archived recording of Aberdonian singer Stanley Robertson, and the excellent Take Me Out Drinking by Michael Marra.
Other album highlights include the gentle lilt of And So We Must Rest, penned by Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat, and the self-composed Banks of The Tigris with its contemporary lyrical relevance.
This beautiful album is sure to please existing fans whilst winning over many new ones; a window onto a bright future, indeed.