This is our celebration of IONA's 25th anniversary with Barbara Ryan, Bernard Argent, Chuck Lawhorn , Jim Queen and Kathleen Larrick (dance). Our journey has been one of adventure, discovery, great companionship and joy!
IONA® was perhaps the first pan-Celtic band to mix and match songs, tunes and dances from all the Celtic influences, and one of the most long lived. In 11 tracks and almost an hour of music we blend a total of 32 songs and dances from 13 different traditions (Appalachian, Bolivian, Breton, Cajun, Cornish, French, Galician, Manx, Irish, Québécois, Scottish, Shetland, Welsh), and Barbara sings in 5 different languages. All these varied Celtic threads are woven into a single tapestry.
This project was funded by the generosity of friends, family and fans through our Kickstarter funding platform (www.kickstarter.com): we feel blessed indeed to have you all in our lives. And to have this incredible, inspiring music...
released 30 September 2011
Barbara Ryan - vocals, bouzouki, bodhran,
Bernard Argent - flute, whistles, doumbek,
Chuck Lawhorn - bass guitar,
Jim Queen - fiddle, banjo,
Kathleen Larrick - dance.
Recorded at Shuman Recording by Scott Shuman
Track 11 recorded at In Your Ear Music, Richmond and engineered by Carlos Chafin.
Photography and cover design by Steven Parke
Special thanks to:
Dan Elwell, Mark Riggleman, Beth Patterson, Martha Chavez, Scott Shuman, Frank Coleman, Steve Parke, Cassie Smith-Christmas and our patient, supportive families.
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