Celtic Connections at Carnegie Hall – Saturday March 28th, 2015

CELTIC CONNECTIONS PULSE OF THE WORLD CONCERT Tickets here.

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We’re super excited to welcome to NYC the tippiest toppermost players of the Scottish traditional music world, playing this weekend at Carnegie Hall. It’s a jam band with a touch of the highlands when Indian ragas meet Scottish strathspeys for The Pulse of the World, an evening of irresistible rhythms with Zakir Hussain—the reigning tabla master who has played with everyone from George Harrison to the Grateful Dead—laying down beats for Scottish fiddlers Charlie McKerron (of Capercaillie fame) and Patsy Reid (formerly of the fiery band Breabach), and master Scottish piper, Fraser Fifield. Pulse of the World is a freewheeling, pulse-quickening, constantly surprising fusion of Indian and Celtic sounds.  Tickets here.

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Monday March 23rd – Special Guest, Fiddler Amy Beshara

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Tonight! Monday March 23rd – stomp into spring with some live and kicking Scottish tuneage led by the rockin’ fiddle of Miss Amy Beshara. From 9pm

Iona

180 Grand St

Brooklyn NY 11211

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St. Patrick’s Day Session Tuesday March 17th 5pm-8pm – no session Monday March 16th

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Join us for an early 5pm-8pm St. Pat’s day special session, no session on Monday 16th, led by Max Carmichael and Andrew Forbes. Slainte!

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March Calendar at Iona – Sessions on Mondays 9pm – 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn

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March at Iona is hotting up – next week Monday April 9th -Currently on tour with our fave band The Outside Track, epic Cape Breton fiddler and dancer Emerald Rae will lead and Highland lassie and fab accordion player, Fiona Black’s, popping in.

St. Pat’s, we’ll have live music at the bar on the 17th, probably on the earlier side. Alba’s Edge fiddler Lily Pearlman will join along with our regular piper in chief, Andrew Forbes and the Iona session players.

Saturday March 28th NYC welcomes the top tier talents of fiddlers Patsy Reid, Charlie McKerron, Matheu Watson and piper/multi instrumentalist Fraser Fifield for their show at Carnegie Hall, the Celtic Connections Pulse of the World concert.  Get your tickets here  We’re flushed with anticipation.

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Black 47’s Andrew Coileáin Sharp leads tonight at Iona – 180 Grand St, Brooklyn – from 9pm

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Reasons to be cheerful today, Monday 23rd Feb – it’s not snowing, and fresh off the Black 47 tour, uilleann and Scots piper (and fiddler) Andrew Coileáin Sharp is leading tonight at Iona, tunes from 9pm – see you there

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Song Night – Max Carmichael and Andrew Forbes lead Iona on Monday February 16th 9pm

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So we’ve had the nights of a 1,000 fiddles, and 2 weeks ago there were 5 pipers in the bar .  This week we’re switching it up for some songs.  Max Carmichael, multi-instrumentalist and beautiful singer will lead on guitar with piper man general, Andrew Forbes pouring on the wavy gravy.  Bring your favorite 300 verse trad ballad…

Iona

180 Grand Street

Brooklyn

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Fiddlers Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan lead Iona tonight, February 9th from 9pm

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Wow , so after the best Burns ever, this Monday 9th February – we’re excited to welcome awesome fiddler Rose Baldino and fiddler/guitarist Brian Buchanan to host this week’s session. Rose and Amy Beshara have been playing together in Burning Bridget Cleary and we can’t wait to meet Rose and Brian. Tunes will get going from 9pm

BURNS NIGHT – RESCHEDULED – MONDAY FEBRUARY 2ND

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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!

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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

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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!

Iona

180 Grand Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211

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