Polish Scottish Mini Festival 2023: Iona Fyfe & Kosy
Intriguing female voices combined in songs from the region of Lower Silesia, where their life paths met. Blackbirds bring back the songs of our ancestors and present them in the space of modern cities. The KOSY band consists of four charismatic, socially responsible artists: Aleksandra Gronowska, Kasia Pakosa, Anastazja Sosnowska, Kasia Szetela-Pękosz.
On stage, they combine their arrangements with traditional, folk material. They do this in the company of many instruments: harmonium, hurdy-gurdy, ring drums, violin, viola, sansula and various percussion instruments.
IONA FYFE Aberdeenshire folk singer, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. In 2021, she became the first singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Iona is a fierce advocate for the official recognition of the Scots Language, leading a successful campaign to pressure Spotify into recognising Scots and add it to its list of languages. Iona performs both folk and pop songs in the Scots language, remaining true to her rooting in tradition.
With extensive touring experience, Iona, a mere 23 years of age, has performed throughout the UK, Poland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, Canada and Australia. Iona 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. Released in 2019, Dark Turn of Mind is Iona’s first EP entirely in English and features six ballads and songs found in both Appalachia and Aberdeenshire and has been described as “a new interpretation to the country genre” – Maverick.
“Describing Iona Fyfe as a Scottish folk singer is probably doing her an injustice, as the versatility displayed on her new EP release, Dark Turn of Mind, reflects her grasp and understanding of jazz, Americana and much more.” – RnR Magazine “Poignant and well delivered. Singing well within herself, Iona’s voice, at times reminiscent of Cara Dillon, is well suited to the ballads recorded on this album.” – Scottish Field ★★★★ Maverick ★★★★ RnR Magazine