Band History

April '07   /  Concert at Caverns in Cornwall On the 29th the band (again with Martin Neal standing in for Frank) play their first ever gig in a cave (!) in the spectacular surroundings of Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall, England. (see )
May '07   /  Iona Music Featured A play called "Forgiven", staged in South Eastern Connecticut features some of Iona's music
September '07   /  UK Tour Tour dates in the UK
October '07   /  Breaking of the Dawn Released 'Breaking of the Dawn', by Nick Fletcher and Dave Bainbridge is released on the Kingsway label. Commissioned by Kingsway label, the CD is an album of contemporary hymns written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend which Dave co-arranged, produced and recorded with Nick at Open Sky Studio. With quite an feel in places, this album is very much a hidden gem which sadly received little publicity on its release. The album features some great playing by several guests, including co-founder David Fitzgerald and mixes instrumental tracks with vocal songs, which feature the wonderfully emotive voice of Scottish singer Yvonne Lyon. It later becomes one of Cross Rhythms top 20 albums of 2007 and album of the week on UCB radio. (NB It should still be available through various outlets on the internet).

Jo sings one of the songs off her forthcoming album 'Rafael's Journey' on a BBC Ireland TV programme.

December '07   /  Holland Worship Conference Jo and Dave join Frank and Marlou (Frank's wife) and Italian multi intrumentalist Luca Genta (who toured with in 1994) to play the worship music at a conference in Holland. There is a real sense of freedom in the music and everyone especially enjoys improvising freely together.

Troy and Dave get together for a very enjoyable one off duo gig at Newbury Arts Centre (UK), along with The Mandolinquents.

January '08 No gigs are planned this year, with Jo wanting to spend time at home to be a mother to her two young boys. Jo even offers to stand down as the band's singer, but none of the rest of the band can imagine without Jo, so this option is quickly discounted.

However this did give everyone time to re-assess things and see whether there was still a future for the band or not whilst also pursuing other projects. Recording a new studio album would have been very difficult in the current changing music industry climate. The Circling Hour album was funded directly by the band and mixed for free by the band's friend John Kellogg in the USA, and whilst it was critically well received, the lack of touring (which is where most albums are sold and greatest profit made) and major publicity meant that it still had to recoup that investment. CD sales are down across the board throughout the music industry (and consequently income from royalties) and though all the albums are available on iTunes, the percentage income to the artist from download sales is pretty meagre. It is a vicious circle.

This really does feel like a crucial time of reassessment for .

There is still plenty of related news this year:

Dave records an album with jazz musicians Pete Fairclough, Hayley Youell and Fred T Baker called 'Momentarily'. He also starts work on a new album with co-founder David Fitzgerald, called 'Life Journey' - commisioned by Mary and Mary Fleeson of the Lindisfarne Scriptorium (see ). The album will be an accompaniment to Mary's fantastically illustrated book in the Celtic tradition on a call to Christ-centred living. Jo goes over to Frank's studio in Holland to do some vocal recording for a new solo project she's been working on which will become the 'Raphael's Journey' album. Frank is taking care of overall production and the album will feature all band mates. Profits from sales are to be distributed between 3 amazing charities that help children in extreme poverty.

Jo has also been getting involved in some worship leading..... something she never imagined a few years ago that she would be doing. But she excited about it and has already written an albums worth of songs some of which she's been teaching to the church that she attends. Jo, Frank and Dave plan to work together again in this capacity at a major conference (Heaven on Earth - see ) in Holland in May.

Cindy Ross our friend from Australia begins updating the My Space page. Meanwhile the IONA/ office gets numerous (sometimes quite unusual) requests for usage of Iona's music for films, TV and on the web. Recent ones include:

Meditational Videos on You Tube A virtual church called , requested permission to use some music for this church project. They have a number of videos on You Tube and used the band's version of 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' on one of their excellent meditational videos. See - and the video called 'When I Survey'. There may also be other i-church videos on here using the band's music.

World War 2 - Behind Closed Doors This BBC TV film uses 'Virgin and Child' and 'Luke - The Calf' from 'The Book Of Kells' on its soundtrack.

Mysteries of the World - The Lost World of El Dorado Another BBC TV production, this Historical Documentary includes 'White Sands' from the debut album. Although it was produced a while back, we get a request for use of the track for its release on DVD.

on an Extreme Ski Movie! An interesting request from a group of Christians in Norway that produce extreme ski movies. They work with the top skiers in the world who are role-models of young people. Their purpose is purely to positively influence the skiing community with the Word of God, and music that supports it and they wanted to use 'Luke - The Calf' (seems to be a popular track for film usage!) on one of their DVDs!

You can see some of their excellently film and very hair raising work at;

A Rocha Environmental Pack Christian Conservation Organisation 'A Rocha' requested use of Iona's music for use in some inspirational video clips as part of an Environmental Resource pack which individuals and churches can buy in order to educate their congregation or local community about the importance of creation care. The pack contains all sorts of resources including films, music, sermons, scientific and theological material, audio-talks, bible-study's to name a few. Do check out the website of this very worthy organisation at

Meditational DVD Usage is requested for 'View of the Islands' from the 'Beyond These Shores' album for a short film for relaxation/meditation. "The film is about the role of water in our lives and attempts to make us think about how God uses water to speak to us." Originally developed for use by a small group of Christian counsellors, as a devotional, the film is now intended as a resource for their clients and on retreats held at CWR/Waverly Abbey in the UK.

Sir Walter Scott! A film production company based in the Scottish Borders (Wildgoose Productions) request the use of the song "Journey Into The Morn" to be included in a promotional video of the life and influence of Sir Walter Scott.

May '08 Frank, Jo and Dave play together at the Heaven and Earth event in Holland in May.
February '09 After what will be a two year hiatus from playing live, the band announce two German dates scheduled for September which, during this, the band's 20th anniversary year!
March '09 Another concert date is added in Belgium to the September tour.

A very old interview with Joanne is published on line at

April '09 Finally, after a lot of delays Iona's best selling album 'Journey Into The Morn' (over 80,000 copies sold worldwide) is re-released on 6th April on the band's Open Sky label in conjunction with Voiceprint. Featuring evocative new artwork from Tim Martindale, the album includes the original versions of many favourites, such as 'Irish Day', 'Encircling', 'Inside My Heart' and 'Heaven's Bright Sun'. Originally released towards the end of 1995, 'Morn' was one of Q Magazine's top 50 albums of 1996 and one of their top 5 Folk Albums. The band are thrilled to have this landmark album back in stock after being unavailable for a number of years.
History by Album:
Iona  ('90)
The Book Of Kells  ('92)
Beyond These Shores  ('93)
Journey Into The Morn  ('96)
Heaven's Bright Sun  ('97)
Woven Cord  ('99)
Open Sky  ('00)
The River Flows: Anthology Vol. 1  ('02)
Songs for Luca  ('03)
Iona  ('04)
Veil of Gossamer  ('04)
Live In London  ('06)
The Circling Hour  ('06)
Songs for Luca 2  ('07)
Live In London  ('08)
Life Journey  ('09)
Raphael's Journey  ('10)
Another Realm  ('11)