The Saltire Society’s Inspiring Scotland Alasdair Gray Bursary 2017 award winner has been announced.
On 30 November, 2016, at the Songs for Scotland 2 event in the Oran Mor Auditorium, a new Scottish bursary was created for young Scottish creatives. On that night a £500 bursary was awarded to a promising young Scottish music student. In 2017 the Saltire Society agreed to take over the bursary and to make it into a £1000 annual award given to a young Scottish creative enrolled in a school or university.
On 15 December the recipient of the 2017 award was named at the Saltire Society’s offices in Edinburgh.
Congratulations Iona Fyfe!
According to the Saltire Society:
‘The winner of the Alasdair Gray Bursary is an emerging folksinger who will use the bursary to research and record the ballads and folksongs of the north east. She will use the funds to produce an album of songs with accompanying songbook to include the historical background and lyrics of each piece, to be released in 2018.’
According to Iona:
‘It is an honour to be awarded the Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary. It is a great support for young arts practitioners in Scotland, and I’m delighted it will support my project, ‘Away from my Window’. The album will combine an in depth ethnographic research and musical collaboration to nurture Aberdeenshire balladry and encapsulate traditional song through modern interpretation. The album is due out in early 2018 and the support the Alasdair Gray Bursary provides will help get it there.’
Iona Fyfe sings ‘Lovely Molly’.
If you wish to offer further support to Iona, her website is here;