credit: Kate Lawlor
There’s an understated beauty to the work of Iona Zajac. It resonates throughout
her stunning debut EP, Find Her In The Grass, which was released in the spring of 2022.
Formed of four delicate and captivating songs, the work here is pulled from the past few
years of Zajac’s life, a long and careful process that saw her own poems grow into
the songs we hear on the EP. “I learned how to play guitar. I found some old poems.
I turned them into songs,” the Edinburgh-born artist says simply, echoing the
plaintive nature of the completed work.
A multi-instrumentalist, Zajac grew up singing and playing Scotland's oldest national
instrument, the Clarsach Harp. Between 2016 and 2020 she fronted the folk-blues
trio Avocet, before moving onto the solo acoustic work which so beautifully shapes
the songs on Find Her In The Grass. It was while studying English Literature at
Glasgow University that she also started focusing on her poetry, culminating in a
collection of 20-odd poems called The Salt I have Produced.
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