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Iona has occupied its self-created niche of Christian progressive Celtic-rock with distinction for some twenty years, and Live in London offers a sustained taste of the Scottish quintet’s blend of ancient folk forms and contemporary sounds. Singer Joanne Hogg projects an inviting earth mother-like presence, easily shifting from mystical reveries into more forceful exhortations. The music here is richly evocative, lent character by Dave Bainbridge’s piercing lead guitar and Troy Donockley’s haunting uilliann pipes. “Flight of the Wild Goose” and “Wind Off the Lake” show off the band’s debt to ‘70s prog-rock (especially Renaissance), while “Encircling” bears traces of World Music influences. A billowing rendition of “Treasure” and a stirring take of “Strength” display their delicate way with spiritual themes, as well as their ability to write compact, hook-laden tunes when they choose. A highpoint here is a joyous version of “Castlerigg/Reels,” a medley that inspires spontaneous highland dancing. In concert, Iona’s sonic excursions take on heroic proportions, redolent of brooding moors and misty lakes.

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One of the best - Celtic/Fusion Albums of all time

This band is amazing. They play a mix of celtic folk, rock and jazz in a way that brings out the best in all of the forms - this is a kind of best of the best - Listen to Inside My Heart and Treasure to get a full feel of their music. Don't miss this!

More Pop On This Live Album...

This is Iona's third live album, and it is especially pleasing that only three of the songs are repeats from the 2003 "Woven Cord" album.

Wow...Celtic music at its absolute best!

I was first introduced to Iona's music when I was in seminary. I quickly fell in love with their songs. This live CD captures Iona at their best. My favorite tracks include Irish Day, Treasure and Flight of the Wild Goose. As a band, Iona is as good as Celtic bands can get. Their musicianship together is incredible...tightly woven together into a beautiful cord. This CD doesn't disappoint. Fans of Celtic Women or Enya definately need to listen to Iona. I only wish they would come tour the USA more often!

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Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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