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Iona

Though Iona is included with Enya and Clannad in the list of contemporary Celtic artists, the Scottish band's influences -- including jazz-fusion, prog-rock and ancient Christian themes -- are more varied. Named for an island off Scotland's western coast, the group was formed in the late '80s by vocalist Joanne Hogg and multi-instrumentalists David Fitzgerald and Dave Bainbridge.

For Iona's 1990 self-titled debut album included further acquisitions: drummer Terl Bryant, bassist Nick Beggs (former bassist of Kajagoogoo) and several studio musicians -- Fiona Davidson (Celtic harp), Peter Whitfield (strings), Troy Donockley (Uillean pipes) and Frank Van Essen (tuned percussion). The album received very little press, even in their home country, though a Dutch network compiled a documentary based on Iona, the band and the island.

Two years later, Iona returned with Book of Kells, and the album was praised by North American critics as well as those of the British Isles. David Fitzgerald left in 1992 to pursue a degree in music and, as a result, Iona lost much of its jazz influences by the following year's Beyond These Shores. The group made up for Fitzgerald's absence, however, by inviting Robert Fripp to guest on the album. A contract with England's Alliance Music led to 1995's Journey into the Morn; the album was released early the following year in the U.S. and Canada. Fitzgerald returned to active recording in 1995, when he released the solo album Columcille. Journey into the Morn followed in 1996. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live In London

Disc 1

1. Woven Cord (Live)

2. Wave After Wave (Live)

3. Inside My Heart (Live)

4. Wind Off The Lake (Live)

5. Dhia Ghleigil (Live)

6. Factory Of Magnificent Souls (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: The Circling Hour

1. Empyrean Dawn

2. Children Of Time

3. Strength

4. Wind Off The Lake

5. Factory Of Magnificent Souls

6. Sky Maps

7. No Fear In Love

8. Wind, Water & Fire - Wind

9. Wind, Water & Fire - Water

10. Wind, Water & Fire - Fire

11. Fragment Of A Fiery Sun

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Track List: Open Sky

1. Woven Cord

2. Wave After Wave

3. Open Sky

4. Castlerigg

5. A Million Stars

6. Light Reflected

7. Hinba

8. Songs Of Ascent (Part 1)

9. Songs Of Ascent (Part 2)

10. Songs Of Ascent (Part 3)

11. Friendship's Door

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Track List: Heaven's Bright Sun

Disc 1

2. Treasure

3. Flight Of The Wild Goose

4. Today

5. Irish Day

7. Inside My Heart

Disc 2

4. Heaven's Bright Sun

5. Chi-Rho

6. Bi-Se I Mo Shuil - Part 2

9. When I Survey

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Track List: Journey Into The Morn

1. Bi-Se I Mo Shuil / Part 1

2. Irish Day

3. Wisdom

4. Everything Changes

5. Inside My Heart

6. Encircling

7. Journey Into The Morn

8. Lindisfarne

9. No Heart Beats

10. The Search

11. Divine Presence

12. Heaven's Bright Sun

13. Bi-Se I Mo Shuil / Part 2

14. When I Survey

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Track List: Beyond These Shores

1. Prayer On The Mountain

2. Treasure

3. Brendan's Voyage (Navigatio)

4. Edge Of The World

5. Today

6. View Of The Islands

7. Bird Of Heaven

8. Murlough Bay

9. Burning Like Fire

10. Adrift

11. Beach Head

12. Machrie Moor

13. Healing

14. Brendan's Return

15. Beyond These Shores

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Track List: The Book Of Kells

1. Kells Opening Theme

2. Revelation

3. Matthew - The Man

4. Chi-Rho

5. Mark - The Lion

6. The River Flows

7. Luke - The Calf

8. Virgin And Child

9. Temptation

10. The Arrest - Gethsemane

11. Trinity - The Godhead

12. John - The Eagle

13. Kells

14. Eternity - No Beginning, No End

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Track List: Woven Cord

2. Bi-Se I Mo Shuil (Pt. 1)

5. Murlough Bay

7. Encircling

9. Revelation

10. Woven Cord

11. Beyond These Shores

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They have a new album that's been out for a year or so. Where is it Pandora?
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plindenthale r 2 0 0 4
Incredible! I love it! Makes me think of misty mornings walking over green hills and meadows of flowers.
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Kells Opening Theme b Iona is a knockout!
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This is beautiful!!!
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Iona, is there better music anywhere on this Earth? I doubt it. Beautiful and artistic
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From the heart vocals, beautiful instrumentat i o n , wonderful arrangements , timeless message. For more Celtic music, visit Celtic Breeze and Celtic River.
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jimlgordon
Great music... great band.
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Transcendent performers.
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Such great music
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I discovered Iona back in the early-mid nineties & still love their creativity, artistic, musical expressions that will always be uniquely Iona. Love all their works including Joanna's solo hymns project. I especially like the albums that have a Celtic Saint for a theme (Beyond these Shores, Journey into the Morn & Open Sky) along with the classic Book of Kells. Iona, Keep your eyes fixed on the Author & Finisher & run the race to the end. You have blessed me in my journey of faith. God bless yo
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346604753
Amazing--the i r guitar playing and their love of God that just pervades the music!
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One of my favorite bands for years, grossly underappreci a t e d . Looking forward to the U.S. tour this year!
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Timeless, beautiful, and enchanting in a wonderful way.
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You can feel the Spirit in this music. It connects with me and fills me with peace especially when I'm having a bad day.
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I love Iona, and left a glowing review over at Amazon.com.
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My favorite band of all time and I'm 56. They write and sound like my heart. They make me feel like every harmonic string in my soul is alive. I know I love God. They must too. I hope to meet them someday. I'm not a groupie or anything like that but I would really like to thank them.
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Celebration of Twenty is by a band called Iona, but not the same band. I believe they are from America
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So so so awsomely great. I love this band!
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why are there not more celtic christian rockers like IONA? They recorded what I consider the absolute definative(s p ? ) version of When I Survey. This is a vastly under-repres e n t e d genre and band. I'd die for more spacy-scotti s h - p r o g r o c k that lifts my spirit. When will Enya do an album with DreamTheater ? Know what I mean? Joanne Hogg LIVES!
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westrope2006
Without doubt some of the most inspired and imaginative talent to ever worship the Lord with their music
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IONA -- true masters of their art. One of the very few groups who can make odd time signatures unnoticeable .
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Like nothing else...some of the best musicians in the business.
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songtst
Incredible and some of the best in it's league- great mix of all music and Celtic disciplines. Brendan would be proud.
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songtst
Please add the whole cd collection.. . I o n a
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songtst
Nothing like Mercy Me Michelle Tumes Matt Maher, etc!
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Wonderful, great,and and beutiful music .

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