“Sally Barker, Anna Ryder & Marion Fleetwood perform as IOTA. All three write, sing and sway in perfect harmony and each is a seasoned performer of the UK Folk/Rock scene.
The three got together in 2017 to form IOTA as it seemed to make perfect sense to combine their experience and talents to write and perform their new and inventive IOTA material.
Sally Barker (vocal, guitar & percussion) sang to millions as Tom Jones' ﬁnalist on The Voice UK but the singer-songwriter has entertained for years as a member of revered fem-folk group The Poozies, of the re-formed Fotheringay and as a solo artist supporting Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and Richard Thompson. Sally Barker brings any song gloriously to life.
Anna Ryder (vocal, keys, accordion, guitar, dumbek, banjo & french horn) is a musical dynamo; an original and inventive singer and songwriter with a musical style that, although based in folk, spans an array of genres. Though a long-time solo artist, Anna has also worked with, amongst many others, Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader, Julianne Regan (All About Eve) and Rabbit Bundrick (The Who).
With a voice which has been described as 'mesmerising' and 'siren-esque', the blazingly dynamic Marion Fleetwood (vocal, ﬁddle, cello, guitar & percussion) is a highly respected multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Best known as a member of TRADarrr and as a former member of Colvin Quarmby and The Jigantics.
Tykes News 09 2018
CD review by Nigel Schofield
O Yeh Yeh! - IOTA
Gap in the Laminate Records
I think the word supergroup is in order. This is a trio consisting of Sally Barker, annA rydeR and Marion Fleetwood. Three voices that seamlessly combine in rich, fulfilling harmonies with a wealth of instruments to draw upon and create a rich, varied, satisfying sound that simply makes you want to smile.
All three are songwriters and this project provides them with the facility to combine their talents in that respect too – four of the eleven tracks are joint compositions. Sally and Marion provide a song apiece (Dr Dinosaur and What Would Elvis Do – both intriguing in very different ways). The rest are from the ever-prolific mS rydeR.
Don’t go thinking the writer becomes a singer with a to-hand backing section; lead vocals are shared across and within songs. Take a listen to All I Want where the three voices, taking a verse apiece, give it a whole additional dimension in its closing moments.
If ever the phrase “greater than the sum of its (not insignificant) parts” was apt, it is for Iota, a trio of individuals wherein, ironically, the I is not important (the We is). Aside from which, who can resist a title like Brian Blessed’s Clouds?
These ladies have a vast array of “heavy friends” they could call on – bit of electric bass here, superstar fiddle there, a guitar hero lead break. They are to be admired for choosing not to do so and their debut release is all the better for it. It is just them…sometimes LOTs of them…but essentially and solely Marion Sally & annA.
Recorded with a resonant purity, complex simplicity and shimmering clarity by Sally Barker, it’s a joy to listen to. They’ll be touring from February next year (or later this year if you’re a slow reader): catch them if you can, meantime thrill to this – best heard in a comfortable uncluttered room, with the speakers wide and the volume high.