“Iona Lane – One of the most outstanding, gifted and polished young folk artists out there. Performs with sensitive voice dynamics and a well chosen, varied repertoire.” – Alan Bickerton, Chesham Folk Club
“Seamlessly blending between breathy highs and sobbing lows, Iona’s voice is delicate with power held in reserve and used with control and finesse. Her guitar meanders sensitively under her thoughtful lyricism and her natural charm is endless evident throughout her performance.” – Lee Mackenzie, Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
“Lyrical ballads, beautifully performed!” – Chris Riddell
“Iona is definitely one to watch out for, well-crafted songs, sensitive guitar work embroidered with harmonics and a voice that completes the package.” – Keiron Jones, Hitchin Folk Club
“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
Iona Lane is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician, whose emotive and well-crafted songs are delivered with immense passion, and an understanding beyond her years for the stories she is telling. Having found herself fascinated by folklore and discovering untold folk stories from rural parts of the UK, where the natural environment, landscape, sustainability and community are so integral to people’s way of life, Iona has honed her songwriting to create something really special.
Performing a mix of traditional and original folk songs, Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have captivated audiences up and down the country. Iona performs frequently at festivals, venues and folk clubs: highlights include; Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Beardy Folk Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Downend Folk Club, Hitchin Folk Club, Chesham Folk Club. Iona has supported many incredible names including Ken Nicol, Edgelarks, Ninebarrow, Gilmore & Roberts, The Askew Sisters and Greg Russell.
With the support of Help Musicians UK Do-It-Differently Fund, Iona is to record her debut album in Spring 2021 with producer Andy Bell (Hudson Records, producer of Karine Polwart, Jon Boden, Jenny Sturgeon and more) at the helm. This album has been long awaited and will be filled with songs that have been nurtured over Iona’s career. Having already released four EPs to date Iona’s debut album has been long awaited by those in the folk scene.
Iona graduated in July 2020 with a first class BA Hons (Music) Folk degree, with a scholarship, from Leeds Conservatoire under the tuition of Jim Moray, Sam Carter, Stuart McCallum (The Breath), Pete Flood, Nancy Kerr and Bryony Griffith.
Karine Polwart selected Iona to receive the Taran Guitars Young Players Bursary 2020. She will be working with luthier Rory Dowling to design and create a custom guitar that is unique for her music.