The Scots Language in Storytelling & Song | Iona Fyfe
In the UN Decade of Indigenous Languages, this concert series from the Welsh and Scottish Governments in Berlin brings the indigenous languages and cultures of Wales and Scotland to Germany. Through storytelling and music, leading folk musicians from these nations will explore the depth and resilience of the indigenous languages of Wales and Scotland as living languages that continue to thrive in our modern world.
Indigenous languages offer a unique way of naming, seeing, and relating to the world, which is often intricately tied to a particular region and land. The indigenous languages of Scotland are Gaelic and Scots. Both are protected under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The rich oral traditions of Gaelic and Scots are still very much alive in song, drama, and storytelling, and the literature of both languages dates back hundreds of years.
Aberdeenshire folksinger, 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 recognizing Scots and adding it to its list of languages. Honoured at the Scots Language Awards with the title of Speaker of the Year in 2021, Iona performs both folk and pop songs in the Scots language, remaining true to her roots in tradition.