Celtic mid-winter traditions tend to be rowdy, lusty and merry: our favorite kind! Spawned when communities were agriculturally based and mid-winter was the darkest time of the year, celebrations revolved around the return of the light and fruitfulness in the growing season to come: the rebirth of nature. So we sing, dance, involve you in strange rituals and drag you off to wassail through the village. Now that's the spirit!!!
Total Running Time - 13:14
IONA was conceived in 1986 by Barbara Tresidder Ryan and Bernard Argent who named the band after the closest landfall in Scotland to Ireland. Most of our music then was Irish and Scottish, but we've been busy ever since, delving into all the other Celtic roots, from Appalachia to Asturies and the Isle of Man to Cape Breton Island.
released 19 November 2009
Barbara Tresidder Ryan – Lead vocals, bouzouki, bodhrán
Bernard Argent – Wooden flute, whistles, doumbek, vocals
Chuck Lawhorn – Bass guitars, vocals
Jim Queen – Fiddle, lead vocal on The Wran, guitar, vocals
Kathleen Larrick – Irish hard shoe, vocals
Recorded @ Shuman Recording (www.shumanrecording.com
) by Scott Shuman
© Barnaby Productions, Inc. 2009
Liner notes: IONA
Management by Barnaby Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 11160, Burke, VA 22009 703-426-1450
All titles traditional, except where noted. All arrangements © IONA.
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