Holding Our Own


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This is the fourth IONA recording and the first on CD. Released in 1994, it features the blending of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Cornish and Breton music which has become IONA's hallmark.
Barbara Ryan (vocals, guitar, Bodhran),
Bernard Argent (flute, whistles, doumbek),
and Diana McFadden (mandolin, cittern, cello)
with a guest appearance of piper Bob Mitchell (who joined the band three years later).


released June 1, 1994

Barbara Ryan - Lead vocals, guitar, bodhran, tambourine.
Bernard Argent - Wooden flute, whistles, vocals, doumbek.
Diana McFadden - Cello, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar (on Hieland Men/Wha'll Be King), vocals.
Joined by
Elke Baker - Fiddle on Bethh Ywr Haf I Mi/Llongau Caernarfon
Robert Mitchell - Highland Pipes on Atholl Highlanders/Kesh Jig
Micah Solomon - Keyboards on Gur E Mo Ghille Dubh Dhonn

Produced by Barbara Ryan & Bernard Argent.
All arrangements by IONA or members thereof. All words and tunes traditional except where noted.
© Barnaby Productions 1994.
Recorded by Micah Solomon at Oasis Recording, Inc., College Park, MD. (301) 588-4133
Digitally Edited and Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow, Springfield, VA.
Photographs by Mark Turner
Mugs made by Al Lemmons
Graphic Design by Steven Parke
Layout & Disk Design by Bernard Argent & Barbara Ryan.

Bernard's flute made by Eugene Lamb, Fanore, Co. Clare, C & D whistles by Glenn Schultz,
Thin Weasel Woodwinds. Diana's bouzouki & mandolin by Flatiron, cello by Weaver.
Barbara's bodhran by Charlie Byrne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, guitar - Ovation Legend, voice by nature and hard work.

Undying gratitude for the support without which this album could not have happened, to Susan Baker, Loralyn Coles, our families, Joyce Argent, Betsy McFadden, Nancy & Argus Tresidder, Chris & Mark Ryan, to Mary Cliff for her generous promotion, Cheryl Mitchell for her help with Llangau Caernarfon, Maryland Renaissance Festival and Southern Maryland Celtic Society for being there fron the outset, Micah Solomon for not shooting us in cold blood (and for being a real sport!) and to our wonderful, loyal friends and fans who've believed in us.



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IONA Washington, D.C.

IONA has been taking its unique brand of traditional Celtic music to festivals, arts centers, schools & house concerts all over North America and Europe since 1986, blending music from the various Celtic traditions with stories and a little humor - Barbara Ryan (vocals, bouzouki, bodhran), Bernard Argent (flute, doumbek), Chuck Lawhorn (bass), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo) & Kathleen Larrick (dance). ... more

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