About this project
Dia Dhuit, Dydd Da, Hola. Degemer Mad*, Hi! We’re IONA, devoted to redefining Pan-Celtic music to include not just the conventional 7 nations but the traditions of New World Celts right here in the Americas. For 2 years we’ve been working on our 25th anniversary album due out in October 2011. In 2006 our album, A Celebration of Twenty, marked our 20th anniversary and was acknowledged as the Best Trad Folk Album of the year by the Washington Area Music Association. With your help this one will be even better.
And what a tour de force it is! In 11 tracks and almost an hour of music we blend a total of 32 songs and dances from 13 different traditions (Appalachian, Bolivian, Breton, Cajun, Cornish, French, Galician, Manx, Irish, Québécois, Scottish, Shetland, Welsh), and Barbara sings in 5 different languages. All these varied Celtic threads woven into a single tapestry - it’s what we do! Wait till you hear it.
So, friends, what we need is a minimum of $5,500 to complete our album. With Grammy winner, Scott Shuman as our engineer, we will have the distinctive sound that our fans recognize even as we venture in some new directions. Our album art is being designed by Steven Parke, formerly Prince’s art director among his many credits. All the recording and some mixing is done, so the funding we need is to complete mixing, mastering, artwork, duplication, packaging and release.
If any of you heard our our previous albums (available at www.ionamusic.com/records.htm with some downloads at www.iona.bandcamp.com/ ), you'll know that we have followed the Pan-Celtic path we’ve been on since 1986. We’ve come a long way. We've invested all our hearts and souls to make this the best work we’ve ever done.
Thank you so very much for your support: we can't do this without you, and we promise you'll love it.You can read more about us and follow our progress on the album at www.facebook.com/IONAmusic (give us a 'like' while you're there!).
We would like to extend a special thank you to Scott Shuman, who filmed and edited our nifty Kickstarter video.
* That’s ‘Hello” in Irish, Welsh, Asturian and Breton respectively.
Please note that all Backers contributing $25 or more will receive a THANKS on the IONA website (just the name, no personal info will be published).
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