*** NEWS ***
Iona and Cornerstone Festival Committee announced the cancellation of Iona's
scheduled appearance at this year's festival on July 4th. Iona's singer, Joanne
Hogg, is pregnant, and two Transatlantic flights and all stress involved in the
trip, could place an unacceptable strain on her baby with potentially
life-threatening consequences. The band took a unanimous decision to cancel their
appearance, a decision fully understood and endorsed by the Cornerstone team. In
view of the circumstances detailed above, Iona have also contacted Greenbelt
Festival to inform them of the situation, canceling appearance at UK
The long waited new Iona studio album Open Sky is finally out and ready
Tour dates in the UK have finally been confirmed. For overseas fans, the tour is
UK only with no plans at the moment for any other countries. Check out
concerts diary to learn more.
On May 28th 1999 at the Royal festival Hall in London IONA joined forces with the
All Souls Orchestra for a unique collaboration to celebrate the band's tenth
anniversary. Woven Cord marks IONA's return to live performances after their
sabbatical year with their current line up of Joanne Hogg, Dave Bainbridge, Troy
Donockley, Phil Barker and Frank Van Essen. Read more
There will be an album of the Royal Festival Hall concert, called Woven
Chord, released in September/October this year. The Studio Album Songs
of Ascent will be available Spring 2000.
We just completely redesigned and updated the entire website. There are now
hundreds of links to web pages,
audio samples, music and books. All
titles, including new and long waited Joanne Hogg's solo album, can be
purchased online. Prices are now 10-20% lower!
We also added a new guestbook that you are
invited to fill out.
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The band is preparing for a concert with the All Souls Orchestra in May at the
Royal Festival Hall in London, a show that will feature appearances from
current and past Iona members. The concert will mark
the ten year anniversary of the band and will be recorded for a future live album
The band is in studio recording a new album. Current members are: Dave Bainbridge
(keyboards, guitar), Phil Barker (bass), Frank van Essen (drums, percussion, violin),
Troy Donockley (pipes, whistle, guitar, keyboards) and Joanne Hogg (vocals).