IONA is about the Celtic tradition--the WHOLE tradition: Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Manx, Breton, Galician/Asturian, even our home grown Appalachian. We are fortunate to be New World Celts: the offspring of those nomadic tribes that continue their westward odyssey. The influences we have grown up with are those of our eclectic heritage, which is why we combine them with the vibrant variety that is the United States of America. We even keep Bernard, our token Brit, on hand to stay connected with the homelands...
released December 18, 2000
Produced by Bernard Argent, Barbara Tresidder Ryan and Scott Shuman
Recorded and mastered at Shuman Recording, Falls Church, VA
Engineered by Scott Shuman
Art work and design: Barbara Tresidder Ryan and Bernard Argent. Front cover based on a carving on the North Cross, Duleek, Ireland.
Photography: IONA meeting by the Burke (Virginia) Birken (river birch) tree by Tom Smith; studio shots by Chris Moscatiello
Liner notes: IONA
A Barnaby Productions, Inc. enterprise
IONA: Bernard Argent: flutes, whistles, doumbek, vocals; Bob Mitchell: Highland and shuttle pipes, shakers; Barbara Tresidder Ryan: vocals, guitars, Celtic bouzouki, bodhrán, tambourine; Nick Smiley: mandolin, Celtic bouzouki, acoustic bass guitar, vocals, bowed 5-string bass, "avocado".
With undying gratitude to Frank Coleman, a dear friend without whom this recording would not have been possible; as always, to Cheryl Mitchell, Barbara's Welsh coach; to Nolwenn and Polig Monjarret for guiding us through the intricacies of Breton music; to David Fisher and Ceri Rhys Matthews who so kindly helped us with our research; and last, but certainly not least, to Susan Walmsley for her magnificent dance accompaniment to IONA's music, and for helping make it fun!
This album is dedicated to Barbara's father, Argus Tresidder, who helped us with past projects, and came faithfully to our concerts until, at 93, he is no longer able to.
All titles traditional, except where noted. All arrangements © IONA.
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