IONA - Celtic Rock

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IONA - Celtic rock from Ireland

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IONA - Celtic rock from Ireland


Formed in 1989 in United Kingdom, the repertoire of the band IONA offers a unique mixture of progressive- and symphonic rock with traditional Celtic folk music.

Often inspired by the great figures of the Celtic Golden Age such as Columba, Aidan, Brendan and Patrick, IONA's music is as timeless as the message that reaches out to us across the centuries. 

“... an exhilarating contemporary folk act, able to press traditional instruments convincingly into service alongside their electric counterparts ... rarely has the Celtic thing been given so many welcome twists, or played with such conviction.” 'Q' MAGAZINE (UK)

From the beginning, the aim of the composers for the band – Dave Bainbridge and Joanne Hogg –   has been to write spiritual, atmospheric, yet uplifting music that would stir the emotions, weaving complex patterns that echo the intricate knot work of the great Celtic artists.

“IONA has carved out a unique musical niche.....creating music that is challenging and inspirational.... Their music surrounds the listener, seeming to have no beginning and no end..... Book of Kells touches something elemental, resonating as few albums can. Allow it to touch you as well.” C.C.M. Magazine (USA)

Uniquely combining rock / folk / progressive / ethnic and ambient elements with the crystalline voice of Joanne Hogg as their focus, IONA creates a blaze of colours and textures.

“... close your eyes and prepare to sink into the atmosphere created by this magical band.” Cornerstone Magazine (USA).

Dave Bainbridge has worked with many other artists including: Gloria Gaynor, Paul Jones, Phil Keaggy, Michael Ball (string arranging), Soulful Terrain, and (through his work as IONA producer) Moya Brennan (Clannad) and Robert Fripp.

During this year's tour “Another Realm” in Europe and USA, IONA will perform at “Heartbeat Tallinn”, Estonia, on the 26th July.


Band staff:

* JOANNE HOGG - vocals, keyboard, acoustic guitar

* DAVE BAINBRIDGE - keyboards, guitars, bouzouki

* MARTIN NOLAN - uilleann pipes, low & tin whistles

* PHIL BARKER - bass guitar, electric double bass

* FRANK VAN ESSEN - drums, percussion, violin, vocal

* JOHAN VAN LOO - sound engineer (Euroconcerts AudioControl)


IONA – Live in Tallinn

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Listen to the IONA latest double album Another Realm 2011.


The overview of the whole week of "Heartbeat Tallinn" can be found on the website


  • Nordea Concert Hall, Estonia pst. 9, Tallinn