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

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March at Iona is hotting up – tonight – Monday 2nd – session from 9pm – Iona 15th Party Thursday 5th – next week Monday April 9th – Boston tundra escapee and epic fiddler Emerald Rae will lead- end of the month 28th – NYC welcomes the top tier talents of fiddlers Patsy Reid, Charlie McKerron, Matheu Watson and piper Fraser Fifield. More details soon. 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

L, M and G trains

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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