Album: Open Sky

More Details > Open Sky Not Available by Iona Released in 2000
CD: Not Available "...It must be said Miss Hogg always did have a near mystical voice and in both Bainbridge and Troy they have two musicians who know how to produce soundscapes, big, vast spaces which fill with melody and passion. If there's anything that Open Sky plugs into it's that feeling of endless horizon and a certain mood of longing. Donockley's own near classical solo album of last year held a similar atmosphere and here it's expanded with slices of exuberant pipe reeling like Castlerigg, or the plaintive harp of guest Billy Jackson as well as Joanne's hymnal vocal that sweeps all before it in eternal waves. In fact the core of the album is a theme which tries to reconsile, the natural, spiritual and actual, no small task, but producer Bainbridge along with the assured hands of Calum Malcolm and Nigel Palmer have a fair stab. All told if you've not been near for a time, this is a good one to open a new account with."

Simon Jones - Froots Magazine Dec 2000

"Open Sky.. shows that the band are not afraid to stretch out further and add new dimensions to the band's sound...if anything, the band are moving towards ever more ambitious pieces that are more challenging and rewarding for the listener... deeply moving..thought provoking synth atmosperes that just make your spine tingle...Iona's new music is totally uplifting and open sky is undoubtely their best yet."

New Horizions (
CD_Reviews/) May 2000
Joanne Hogg - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
Dave Bainbridge - Guitars, Keyboards, E-Bow & Indian Guitars, Piano, Bouzouki, Autoharp, Vocals
Phil Barker - Bass
Frank Van Essen - Drums, Percussion, Violins, Vocals
Troy Donockley - Uillean Pipes, Low Whistles, Tin Whistle, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, E- Bow Guitar, Portuguese Mandola, Harmonium

Billy Jackson - Celtic Harp, Clarsach

PRODUCED BY: Dave Bainbridge



1   Woven Cord 9:28  
2   Wave After Wave 6:15 Lyrics  
3   Open Sky 5:40 Lyrics  
4   Castlerigg 9:27 Lyrics  
5   A Million Stars 3:20  
6   Light Reflected 5:11 Lyrics  
7   Hinba 4:58 Lyrics  
8   Songs Of Ascent (part 1) 7:58 Lyrics  
9   Songs Of Ascent (part 2) 9:06  
10   Songs Of Ascent (part 3) 4:53  
11   Friendship's Door 7:14 Lyrics  
Album Photo Gallery
Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire, UK - Dave, Phil, Frank & engineer Nigel Palmer / 1999
Photos by Teresa Wassif
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'Open Sky' Recorded 1999 November Recording of the 'Open Sky' album, largely at Chapel Studios in the heart of rural Lincolnshire. The band breaks off in December to play at a concert ...
'Open Sky' Released 2000 May Release of 'Open Sky' coincides with a UK tour.