Hello! Welcome to my website!
Here’s a little bit of background information about me: I’m a singer, musician and songwriter from North West England and I have just started studying for a BA (Hons) Music (Folk) with a scholarship at Leeds College of Music. I have always had a passion for music but never really found my footing until about three years ago when I stumbled across folk music. I submerged myself in it, picked up guitar, and never looked back! Along the way I have also picked up mandolin and slide guitar.
My personal influences include; Blair Dunlop, Larkin Poe, The Lovell Sisters, howdenjones, KT Tunstall, Luke Jackson, Jeff Buckley, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Punch Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Jackson Browne, Nick Drake and Kacey Musgraves.
Over the past four years I have been building up a repertoire of original and interpretive covers to perform at live gigs. I have released three EPs over this time: 'Dry Stone Walls' (December 2015); 'Solace' (February 2017); and 'Pockets' (September 2017).
Over the summer of 2015 I was asked to be part of FATEA’s Summer Showcase download.
I regularly play gigs in the North West. In 2015 I supported Ken Nicol (ex-Steeleye Span and The Albion Band guitarist), and howdenjones on a number of their tour dates. In 2016 I supported Blair Dunlop at Brewery
tour dates. In 2016 I supported Blair Dunlop at Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), played on the same bill at Luke Jackson at Lancaster Castle and supported Larkin Poe at The Convent (Stroud).
More recently, I have toured with howdenjones (Herefordshire and Gloucestershire), supported Joel Gardner (Manchester), been on tour with LGGS Jazz Band to Lake Constance and played a set of gigs in London (August 2017).
I have also played at a number of events/festivals, including: Solfest, Lancaster Music Festival and a few open sets at Cambridge Folk Festival.
I played live on BBC Radio Lancashire on the 2nd April 2016, and appeared on BBC North West Tonight on 3rd June 2016.
It has been lovely to have had tracks from 'Dry Stone Walls', 'Solace' and 'Pockets' played on radio shows. A huge thank you to all the lovely people who have spun my music - it means a lot!
Thanks for taking the time to read this! If you'd like to get in contact with me, you can either message me via the 'contact' tab at the top of the page, or drop me a message via FB or Twitter and I will get back to you asap!
"...This counterpoints the title track 'Living Life out of Pockets', which is a declaration of individuality based on an itinerant singer / songwriter who has made the choice and realises there may well be a price to pay. When trying to pick my track of the EP I rate this as first amongst many equals simply because of the quality of the writing, which is of the very highest standard... ...Another song that impressed me was 'Carved By Another', this time for the quality of the singing. It's pitched much higher than Iona's normal voice but at no point is a note stretched for or not quite hit. The vocalisations are quite stunning, having a real ethereal feeling, and it's a song that forces you to stop and listen. Although set in a garden this is also a song about planting metaphorical seeds and watching them develop into something new, although the sun won't always shine. Adding to the quality of this piece is the backing which is so simple it becomes almost hypnotic. A beautiful song." - Tony Birch, FATEA (2017)
“(In Solace) the voice remains at the forefront, with its intriguing timbre that makes it both ‘different’ and alluring. The music weaves itself around the vocals and as you listen, the depth of the lyrics catch you and carry you into the songs. This time around, the instrumentation is more in evidence but never enough to get in the way, the same applies to the production, which is tighter and more embracing, to give a fuller sound, however it’s never allowed to swamp the modest simplicity that makes Iona’s songs so moving.” - Tim Carroll, FolkWords (2017)
“I see only good things ahead for Iona, and I look forward to hearing more…” - Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky Mag (2017)
"For someone who hasn't been writing and performing for that long, four-track EP Solace could be the work of a seasoned artist. That's especially true in the case of 'Amsterdam' - a remarkably mature piece of work that tracks a visit to six holocaust sites in the city. In contrast, the early-90s jangle of The Sundays shapes 'Sometimes' points in an alternative direction Iona could take with ease. Whatever she does next this is someone to keep a very close watch on." - Jonathan Roscoe, Shire Folk Magazine (2017)
" It will interesting to watch Iona's progress as she moves towards her debut album." - Gary Smith, Laurel Canyon Music (2017)
""Taking another bold step from the bedroom with her second EP finds Iona Lane quick to acknowledge her musical influences from fellow young upstarts Blair Dunlop and Larkin Poe, plus the master himself Steven Wilson. All making their mark on her brand of contemporary folk... It’s perhaps the stripped back solo performance of ‘I’ll Run Without You’ which is most significant. Shorn of a more ambitious arrangement and charged with a sure confidence to go it alone, it’s Iona backing up why it’s her name on the cover." - Mike Ainscoe, Sonic Bandwagon (2017)
"Solace is a milestone release for Iona, placing her firmly in that group of independent artists who are going to make a big impression in the years to come." - Tony Birch, FATEA (2017)
"Iona Lane makes her debut with an EP, Dry Stone Walls, six original songs with a rather lovely cover of 'Si Bheag Si Mhor', although 'Orkney' is the top track. She has a band that doesn't crowd her but can burst forth with exuberance when required. Iona is just seventeen and people are expecting a very bright future for her." - R2 (Rock 'n' Reel) Magazine (2016)
"Iona adds little touches that raise it just above the level of another bedroom singer-songwriter." - Jonathan Roscoe at Shire Folk Magazine (2016)
"It happens every time. She seduces you with sublime musical beauty. Then, slaps you in the face with a lyrical RPG! Completely addictive! The best, most honest, most human voice you could ever hear." - Kate & Paul of howdenjones (2015)
"Definitely one to watch!" - Roots & Fusion Radio (2015)
"Within seconds I was captured by the voice; distinctive, alluring, honest, and above all, original. Then comes the musical splendour, sparse yet as full as needed to allow the lyrics to express themselves... Watch out for this lady, she is destined for success!" - Tim Carroll at FolkWords (2015)
"Iona has a sweet and accurate voice, a lovely guitar sound, a range of material, and most of all an unfussy style. She has taken the time to get inside her songs, and has a single-minded determination to develop her technique, which is already unusual for someone of her age." - Bill Lloyd (2015)
"It is clear from the way Iona sings that she has a real connection with the songs, you can almost feel it in her voice... Great things to come." - FATEA Magazine (2014)
"Considering Lane is just 16, still at school, still busking and doing open mics and only been playing guitar for a year what she has laid down is pretty impressive and without a doubt she is one to watch for the future." - Folkall (2014)