Martin Nolan

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Photos by Joe del Tufo, Lutz Diehl, Monica Duffels & Janien Kommer
T he newest member of joining in 2009, Martin's uilleann piping has taken him throughout Europe and the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, from the Lincoln Center for the Arts in New York to the national theatres of Ireland and England and concert halls across the Indian subcontinent.

Respected in the Irish traditional scene, he has also played alongside jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, the late Michael Brecker, Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley and the Bocl Brothers. Other collaborative work includes virtuoso Hungarian violinist Zoltan Lantos and Japanese performance artist Keiji Heino.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, it was here Martin took his first lessons from John Keenan Sr, the father of well-known piper Paddy Keenan. Martin's playing is strongly influenced by the 'travelling style' of piping, which employs legato and staccato techniques, elements which are heard to great effect in his playing.

'Martin Nolan's pipes... caught the eddies, ducking and diving alongside the jazz lines with nervy agility... The wedding of sax and pipes was particularly spectacular.'
Irish Times (review of Michael Buckley's Translations)

'Martin Nolan is a noted piper and composer whose openness and receptiveness to new ideas has taken him and his pipes around the world.'
The Sunday Tribune (Dublin)

'Well-versed in the tradition of his instrument, Martin is constantly expanding its repertoire by playing in unusual contexts.'
The Event Guide (Dublin)
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8th February 2016

Dave here! I'll be in practice mode over the next 3 or 4 days, for the Dave and Sally 'Iona music and More' gig on Friday (hope some of you can make it along - details below!).

Meanwhile - the artwork for my solo piano album 'The Remembering' is almost finished and then the album will be going to the manufacturers - so the release is getting close! You can pre-order it at

Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear - 'An Evening of Iona music and more...'.
Friday 12th February, 2016
St John's Church
Farncombe, GU7 3EJ, UK
Doors: 19:00
Price: £14.00 adv, £17.00 on door
Tickets & further info from
01483 421520

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1st February 2016

Coming up very soon - Friday, February 12th in Farncombe near Guildford, UK, 'An Evening of Iona music and More', with Iona co-founder Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear. Tickets available now! Hope some of you can make it along.

Friday 12th February, 2016
St John's Church
Farncombe, GU7 3EJ, UK
Doors: 19:00
Price: £14.00 adv, £17.00 on door
Tickets & further info from
01483 421520


Here are some comments from previous Dave and Sally gigs:

"Thank you Dave and Sally for a brilliant gig in Rayleigh last night. Your guitar playing is a wonder to behold and the guitar tone sounds amazing. Sally sung beautifully and did the songs proud."

“We can't remember a more enjoyable concert - wow what two gifted musicians!!!"

“Thank you very much for a beautiful evening and your exquisite music rare cherished sounds of heaven on earth.”

“I'm not sure I have the words to say how much I enjoyed every moment - Sally (what a voice!) and Dave were a joy to work with and absolutely fantastic throughout. As for the gig one word - Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!”

“A real touch and taste of heaven – gorgeous sounds under blue skies in a stunning, friendly and intimate setting. All four of us found it a truly memorable and refreshing oasis in busy times. We're smiling just thinking about it!”

"Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear were amazing tonight, thank you for coming down and sharing your talent with us."

"A fantastic evening listening ( & dancing) to Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear at Llanelidan…"

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9th January 2016

Dave's new solo piano album 'The Remembering' has been mastered and long term Iona engineer/mixer Nigel Palmer has done a brilliant job, bringing real clarity to the sound and tying the mixes together to create an involving, engaging listening experience. Thanks Nigel!

Now we could really do with some more pre-sales to finish off the artwork and pay for the manufacturing so we can get it out there asap! If you're thinking of getting it, pre-ordering really helps as we have no record company backing - thanks! (btw there will also be a download version available when the cd is released).

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4th January 2016

Dave here! Just over a month before the next 'Iona Music and More...' Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear gig - hope some of you can make it along! (please share poster with anyone you think might like to come along!). We'll be playing some Iona favourites plus, er...more!

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3rd January 2016

Oops!!!!
Jo again!! How could I forget to add in Franks photo !!! Just not Iona without the fabulous Frank 😄 .... And then there was the cave session too !!

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4th January 2016

WISHING U A GREAT 2016!
Jo here just sharing a few musical highlights and memories from 2015. Iona in Germany and a house concert in Virginia for me ( duet with Katie Boyd !).

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2nd January 2016

Dave here. As well as wishing everyone a (slightly belated!) happy new year, here's a reminder that you can pre-order my new solo piano album "The Remembering' now at
The more pre-orders we get in the quicker we can get the album out! (btw it should say 2016 on there).
Check out the link to hear extracts from all the tracks.

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27th December 2015

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas!

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25th December 2015

IONA WEBSITE PROBLEM SOLVED NOW - SITE IS ONLINE AGAIN - thanks to our great webmaster Tim Ostendorf!

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21st December 2015

It appears the Iona website is down! - anyone wanting to pre-order the new Dave Bainbridge piano album on the Iona webstore please try again later when hopefully the problem will be fixed.

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13th January 2016

EMANUEL .... God with us
The CONSTANT IN MY CHAOS
So much turmoil and chaos in the global context, and truthfully, few of us escape a degree of personal chaos, some of it beyond our control....and some of it self-inflicted. Thankfully, We have Emanuel, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever..( Hebrews 13:8)......the constant in my chaos)
Here's a demo recording with Gwyneth Reid on cello of a new song. Maybe one for future band recording /performance.
This is Jo on behalf of Iona, Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

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16th December 2015

Great news! Thanks to our brilliant webmaster Tim Ostendorf, my new solo piano album 'The Remembering' is now available to pre-order from the Iona webstore! Go to
where you can check out samples of all the tracks. Pre-ordering will help us to pay for the cd mastering/manufacturing and artwork completion. We hope to have it available early spring or sooner if we can! - Dave

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28th January 2016

Can you believe it's almost Christmas again! -

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6th December 2015

Come along and hear Iona music and more! Please forward to anyone you think might like to come along. It's a great venue - should be a great night! (Dave)

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5th December 2015

The special album offers still available at !!

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4th December 2015

Hi everyone, Dave here! Just confirmed! Another duo date with Sally Minnear on our Evening of Iona Music and More tour. Hope some of you can make it along!

Tickets now on sale online:
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear - An Evening of Iona music and More....on Fri 12th Feb, 2016
at Farncombe St John's Church (near Guildford, Surrey, UK)
Doors: 19:00
Price: £14.00

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3rd December 2015

AN IRISH WINTER DAY.....
Yesterday I meant to write a post and attach a photo..... Instead , I posted a photo and attached a caption! I'm still not an expert with devices. So here's the post.....
Psalm 139: 7-10
" Is there anywhere God I could be separated from Your Spirit, or lost from Your presence? If I ride out on the wings of the morning, into the highest heavens or the deepest depths, out upon the ocean waves or the remotest lands.....You are there and I am never hidden from Your sight...."
Emmanuel...God with us.

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1st December 2015

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17th November 2015

AUTUMN SKIES....
Moments of awe.... Contemplating God's artistry, his beauty, His love, His presence.....
Some things are just too exquisite for words....
Psalm 19.1
"The heavens declare the glory of God ; the skies above proclaim His handiwork. "

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10th November 2015

For the Iona store special Christmas offers go to

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10th November 2015

OK..special offers now up on the store....

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9th November 2015

Hi there... look out for some special offers on the Iona website store page....coming very soon. Thanks for your support.

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4th October 2015

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22nd September 2015

Just a week before the Celestial Fire tour starts! Bilston (West Midlands), York and Chepstow - hope some of you can make it along!

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20th September 2015

Just a few weeks to go before the Celestial Fire tour dates and here's another promo video to whet your appetites! So if you're in/near Bilston, York or Chepstow Frank Van Essen and Dave Bainbridge would love you to come along! There will be a good helping of classic IONA tunes on the set list, including Brendan's Voyage, Brendan's Return, Beyond These Shores, Revelation, Chi-Rho, Kells Opening Theme, Bi Se I Mo Shuil Part 2 and Ruach, plus some epic tracks from Dave's solo albums! This is going to be a great tour so book your tickets now! Ticket links at

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6th September 2015

Just 6 days to go (September 12th ) before the next chance to see 'An Evening of Iona music and Beyond' with me and Sally Minnear at Llanelidan Medieval Fayre, St Elidan's Church, Llanelidan, Ruthin, LL15 2PT, North Wales, 7.30pm (doors 7pm) Tel 01824 750288 for tickets/info

Here's a clip of us playing 'Beyond These Shores' from the very hot and sticky informal setting of the Chapel A concert in Leeds in July.

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1st September 2015

Dave here! I'll be in beautiful North Wales a week on Saturday playing another concert with Sally Minnear on the Iona Music and More tour. It would be great to see some of you there. The responses to the July tour we did were fantastic - here are a few that will hopefully encourage you to come along!

"What a wonderful evening we had last night watch Dave Bainbridge and Sally MInnear perform in Nottingham. Absolutely beautiful music, so thanks Dave!"

“Thank you very much for a beautiful evening and your exquisite music rare cherished sounds of heaven on earth.”

“We can't remember a more enjoyable concert - wow what two gifted musicians!!!"

"Dave and Sally were simply amazing at The MegaCentre Megazone last night! I would recommend anyone who gets a chance to catch them playing live."

"Thank you Dave and Sally for a brilliant gig in Rayleigh last night. Your guitar playing is a wonder to behold and the guitar tone sounds amazing. Sally sung beautifully and did the songs proud. We all really enjoyed it .. especially the cowbell solo and the chimes. Oh yes and those guitar and bouzouki solos you totally nailed!"

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28th August 2015

Hi everyone, Dave here! I've just created an event page for the VERY FIRST EVER Celestial Fire band gig (at The Robin in Bilston, West Midlands)!! Are you coming? Head over to the page and let us know! Even better you can buy tickets right now!

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16th August 2015

CELESTIAL FIRE LIVE IN YORK! Featuring Iona's Dave Bainbridge and Frank Van Essen along with Dave Brons, Simon Fitzpatrick and Sally Minnear. Music from Dave's recent album plus some Iona tracks not heard live for a very long time! ARE YOU COMING?

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15th August 2015

STILL ON THE SUBJECT OF CLOUDS!
Just a few images today from Donegal, birthplace county in Ireland of St Colmcille.

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