Due to the city’s roads being closed tonight and the subway system limited because of the storm,  we are re-scheduling the Iona Burns Night for next Monday February 2nd.

Iona Burns Night – Monday January 26th – Poetry, whisky, live music, haggis and cheer!


Come celebrate the life and work of the Immortal Bard of Scotland, Robert Burns . Join us for the annual Iona Burns night, on the regular session night of Monday 26th January.  Live Scottish pipes and fiddle music led by Glenfiddich Scottish Champion fiddler Calum Pasqua and piper extraordinaire, Andrew Forbes,  poetry readings, whisky toasts courtesy of Laphroaig single malt and their whisky master Anthony Doyle, Belhaven and Tennent’s beer specials and some spectacular tasty Haggis flown in from Scotland : from 8pm.

A Man’s A Man For A’ That

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that.
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The Man’s the gowd for a’ that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that:
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Their dignities an’ a’ that;
The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth,
Are higher rank than a’ that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that.

At IONA, 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 – L, M and G trains – corner of Bedford Ave

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Lilly Pearlman and Andrew Forbes lead Monday 12th January at Iona



Tonight! Monday 12th January from 9pm. We’re delighted to welcome tonight’s co-hosts Alba’s Edge fiddler Lilly Pearlman and our piper man in chief, Andrew Forbes. Lets get those fitness bangles beeping!


180 Grand Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Monday January 5th from 9pm – Happy New Year from Iona!


Well we might be on a diet, but there’s unlimited tunes to enjoy tonight at Iona!  Come on down to listen or play at  Iona, 180 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn – L, M and N trains.


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Cape Breton Scots Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald host the Iona Hogmanay Party Monday December 29th at 9pm


Get your New Year Celebrations started tonight Monday 29th at the pre-Hogmanay party at Iona, 180 Grand St, Brooklyn NY – with the sounds of top notch pipes and fiddle duo  Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald. After attending the piping program at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Ben’s now finishing his PhD at the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh and Anita’s an amazing step dancer and fiddler from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia who’s performed all around the NE and at the Celtic Colours International Festival . It’s going to be great night with two amazing tradition bearers.

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Session goes through December including the holidays



It’s getting to feel a lot like we need to blow into Christmas.  Session will keep going throughout the holiday period and we’re excited that for our special holiday party night December 29th,  hosts will be piper Ben Miller and the great Cape Breton fiddler Anita MacDonald .  Session nights for December are 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.  See you there.


Alasdair White leads Monday 24th November


Here he comes! Back from yet another leg of the Batties Outer Planets tour, Alasdair White will land the Iona probe TONIGHT! Monday Nov 24th. Strap on your space boots!

Iona is at 180 Grand Street in Brooklyn cross is Bedford Ave .  From 9pm…

Iona tonight! Monday November 17th – tunes from 9pm



Come and give that bow (or chanter) a workout tonight at Iona , 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn  from 9pm.  Musicians welcome.

Piper Will Woodson hosts Monday October 27th


This coming Monday 27th October, we’re pleased to welcome back to Brooklyn our old mucker and A- Number 1 piper Will Woodson. Excited to play all the tunes we learned from him. Definitely a night for the  tape recorder.

Iona is at 180 Grand Street, at Bedford in Williamsburg Brooklyn on the L, M and G trains.

Lilly Pearlman leads Iona Monday 20th October Alba’s Edge play Cafe Vivaldi, NYC Sunday 19th

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Alba’s Edge play Cafe Vivaldi Sunday 19th October and  Lilly Pearlman will lead the Iona session on Monday 20th.
ALBA’S EDGE GIG – On Sunday 19th October in NYC downtown our  pals from Portland, Maine Lilly and Neil Pearlman bring their Scottish trad/afro cuban/jazz influenced band, Alba’s Edge to Gotham City to play Cafe Vivaldi in the Village from 8pm. Lilly and Neil (children of Scottish fiddler Ed Pearlman) are amazing musicians, and this show will be a stonker. Get there early if you want a seat then come and play some tunes with Alba’s fiddler Lilly at Iona on Monday night from 9pm

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