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Findlay Napier & Iona Lane Duo

Nairn Community & Arts Centre,
7 Sep – 12 Jun

Findlay Napier - Headline

Findlay Napier joins us in Nairn to play songs from his new album Outsider. Widely regarded as one of the finest performers on the UK music scene, he’s as comfortable on the Main Stage of Cambridge Folk Festival with folk rock supergroup ‘The Magpie Arc’ as he is in an intimate acoustic show in the back room of a pub. This fact was further highlighted when Napier was the first solo act ever to be nominated for Live Act of the Year at the Scot’s Trad Music awards in 2018. Tirelessly creative, he has been touring and releasing music since the early noughties, first with groundbreaking trad folk band Back of the Moon, then with Nu-Folk pioneers Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers and most recently as a solo act working under the guidance of legendary songwriter Boo Hewerdine. Findlay’s stage presence is warm, humorous and surprising – not to be missed.

Iona Lane Duo - Supporting

Iona Lane’s beautifully subtle songsmithery is underpinned by a deep awe and wonder for the natural world – the poetic depth in her lyrics and music becomes a natural force of its own.
‘Hallival’ (released in 2022) is the long awaited debut album from Glasgow-based folk singer and songwriter Iona Lane. Having found herself fascinated by folklore and folk stories from across the UK ‘Hallival’ is inspired by natural landscapes, scientific discoveries, equality, human relationships and the supernatural, all tied together by a strong sense of place and a love for being in wild places - creating something truly special. 'Hallival' charted at #36 in the Official Folk Album Charts and was named by Folk Radio UK as #27 in their ‘Top Albums of 2022’. The album received widespread press including in The Guardian, Walk Highlands, BBC Radio 2 and The Scotsman to name a few.
Since the release of Iona's debut album she has toured extensively across the UK and in The Netherlands, Germany & Denmark. Iona opened for Karine Polwart on part of her UK tour in 2023.  Iona joined Karine on stage for a few songs, an awe inspiring opportunity for audiences to see these two artists sing together.
Iona was chosen by Karine Polwart to receive the Taran Guitars Young Players Bursary 2020. Since receiving the bursary luthier Rory Dowling, of Taran Guitars, has designed and built a bespoke instrument for Iona’s music.
Iona is accompanied by Cammy Maxwell on double bass.
“An intriguing debut – her sweet voice recalls Emilíana Torrini, while her lyrics and musical arrangements crackle with wide-eyed curiosity.” – Jude Rogers, The Guardian
“A real talent!” - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
"Iona feels like a kindred spirit with her gorgeous evocations of landscape and geeky scientific references." - Karine Polwart
“Bring The Tide In is a rather lovely ebb-and-flow quartet of poignancy-tinged songs that serve as a reminder of Iona Lane’s luminescent talent and is hopefully an early signpost of a new album in the not-too-distant future.” - Mike Davies, KLOF Mag
“Time and tide wash through this debut… delivered in a light, melodious voice and with engaging conviction” - The Scotsman
“An ethereal voice, poetic phrase and storytelling that sets the album apart” - BBC Countryfile Magazine

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