Band History

December '04   /  Concerts in Tokyo Troy and Dave head off to the unseasonably warm climes of Tokyo for three concerts hosted by The Music Plant. The sets includes two improvised tracks based on music on the 'From Silence' album - a nice contrast to the more tightly arranged pieces - and a new acoustic guitar piece from Dave (one for the next solo album!). On the last night, support is provided by the fantastic Tokyo band 'Es', fronted by keyboard virtuoso Kenichi. Dave joins the band on guitar for one of their tracks, then Troy returned for 'Heavenšs Bright Sun' and 'Jigs' - accompanied brilliantly by 'Es'. Another surprise guest is Yoshishi, founder and guitarist of popular progressive band 'Kenso', who surprises Troy and Dave with a wonderful solo electric guitar rendition of 'Irish Day'. The evening ends with all the musicians jamming on the Free track 'All Right Now' - with Troy handling lead vocal duties!
February '05   /  Dave Off to the USA Troy works together with the producer on editing the film of his and Dave's improvised performance from Lincoln Cathedral, which is scheduled for release on DVD later in 2005, along with some accompanying interview footage was also captured on film at the time.

Troy is on tour throughout the UK with Barbara Dixon in February and March.

Dave and family head off to the USA to attend the Son-Rise Intensive programme at the Autism Treatment Centre, thanks largely to money raised from sales of 'Songs for Luca'. Luca has a great time there!

A short feature on the Lindisfarne Gospels is aired in February as part of the programme 'The 700 Club' on the cable channel CBN. The feature uses music from the tracks 'Lindisfarne', 'Heaven's Bright Sun', and 'Songs of Ascent (Parts 1 & 2)' and is also aired on 'God TV' a month or two later.

April '05   /  Jo Sings in Chicago Jo sings at a promotional concert in Chicago for the 'New Irish Hymns' album series along with US singer Margaret Becker and Kirsty Getty.

Dave completes the 'When Worlds Collide' duo album mixes and the Live DVD concert music is sent to LA to be mixed in 5.1 surround sound by John Kellogg.

May '05 - June '05   /  Introspective Series DVD Planned to be a comprehensive history of the band featuring much rare archive footage, quite a bit of new material was filmed in 2005 for an 'INTROSPECTIVE SERIES' DVD release by Voiceprint, including interviews with band members past and present and discussion of some of the band's classic tracks with examples from the original multi-track tapes. co-founders Dave Bainbridge and David Fitzgerald reunited at Dave's Open Sky Studio, where they were filmed for the DVD discussing and playing pieces from the band's first 2 albums and also jamming together. Sadly the DVD (and several others in the series) is later shelved following a dispute between Voiceprint and the company who were filming the DVD .....
July '05   /  First Norway Gig The band play their first ever gig in Norway in the beautiful location of 'The Seaside Festival'.

Troy works again with Maddy Prior on a new album during the summer (and tours with her in the winter).

August '05   /  When World's Collide Released Joanne is filmed on the island of Lindisfarne for a 'Songs of Praise' special on the island to be broadcast in November. She sings (appropriately!) the song 'Lindisfarne'. Later in the month Jo has a serious back & neck operation which keeps her out of action for several months, but the surgery goes very well.

Troy and Dave's second album 'When World's Collide' is released. Featuring five live tracks recorded in the UK at the end of 2003 and five studio tracks, this is a good representation of the material that Troy and Dave have been performing to enthusiastic audiences in both the UK and Japan between 2003 and 2005. With a mix of material spanning Troy's solo projects, the repertoire and the traditional, the album features big dynamic contrasts ranging from the intimate to the full on epic.

November '05   /  From Silence DVD Released Troy and Dave's 'From Silence' DVD is released.
October '06   /  Daves Reunite Troy & Dave play an improvised performance along the lines of their 'From Silence' album in the historic surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral in London UK.

co-founders Dave Bainbridge and David Fitzgerald re-unite for a concert in aid of 'Aid To The Balkans', sponsors of impoverished families in Albania plus a day centre feeding 30 children & 60 adults. Ecxitingly this takes place at the venue of the very first ever gig in Thurston, Suffolk, UK!

Jo plays at the prestigious Waterfront Hall in Belfast in aid of Care For the Family and plays a few local solo gigs.

November '06   /  UK & Netherlands Tour Dates The band play several UK tour dates and concerts in The Netherlands and Belgium, including a special candlelit album launch concert in the splendid surroundings of the 13th century St James Church, Warter, East Yorkshire. Wonderful Scottish singer Mae McKenna joins us on several gigs to play a supporting set. Mae was the featured vocalist on Dave's 'Veil of Gossamer' album.

Also in 2006:

Music from the Troy and Dave's second album 'When Worlds Collide' is used on an edition of BBC2 TV's 'Timewatch' series in a programme about the famous Roman landmark Hadrian's Wall.

March '07   /  Germany Tour Dates Tour dates in Germany. Due to a clash with some previously confirmed work (including a mission trip to India!), Frank is unable to play with the band on the March / April gigs. However his place behind the drums is ably filled by Martin Neal. Martin had previously played with the band in the early days (filling in for Terl) on both UK dates and the memorable tour of Estonia in 1992.
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)
The Circling Hour  ('06)
Live In London  ('06)
Songs for Luca 2  ('07)
Live In London  ('08)
Life Journey  ('09)
Raphael's Journey  ('10)
Another Realm  ('11)