Track Of The Week – Iona Zajac – Find Her In The Grass

Find Her in the Grass’ is the stunning self-produced debut track and video from Dublin-based Iona Zajac. The delicate, poetic ‘Find Her in the Grass’ is the first single to be taken from Zajac’s EP of the same name, with a new track to be released every three weeks until the four-track release is fully realised on May 20th.

‘Find Her in the Grass’ is the second release on Edinburgh label, Post Electric Artists, following on from Hamish Hawk’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Heavy Elevator’ released in September 2021.

A multi-instrumentalist, Zajac grew up in Edinburgh, 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.Picking her guitar up in the early part of 2020, Zajac soon began turning the poems into songs, writing and recording amid the calm sanctity of her Glasgow flat. “I had no idea they would become songs one day, but when I realised I had all of this material, it was like a gift to myself,” she says of this time. “I’d sit in my quiet room in Ibrox and edit the lines and words together, seeing what worked when sung.”    

Zajac comments, “I learned how to play guitar. I found some old poems. I turned them into songs. This is the first of those four. ‘Find Her in the Grass’ was written and recorded at my flat in Ibrox, Glasgow 2020. Calm in my bedroom, while the world went mad. See if you can hear the clang of kitchen pots.“
Iona has also recently released a track in collaboration with Daragh Lynch of Dublin-band Lankum, a version of the Scottish ballad ‘The Burning of Auchindoun’. Released in August 2021, as the second single from Broadside Hacks’ compilation ‘Songs Without Authors’ which also features Katy J Pearson, Pixx, Sorry and Blaenavon amongst others. The track was described as “stunning” by Jude Rogers in The Guardian and received support across multiple other outlets such as Loud & QuietHot PressFolk RadioRTE Radio 1BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster. She has recently supported at sold out shows with Anna B SavageEliza Shaddad, John Francis Flynn and Callum Easter. She will appear at Scottish festivals Hidden Door and The Great Eastern in the summer of this year.