Save the Date! Cancel the Inauguration! The IONA BURNS NIGHT returns in all it’s shaggy glory next Wednesday 25th January at 9pm. Fiddler Emerald Rae and piper Andrew Forbes will unleash the musical beasts. Poetry, comedy, haggis and cheap adult beverages will flow. JR Strauss, Max Carmichael, Amy Lynn, Calum Michael, Matt Diaz, Pamela Jean Agaloos, Miguel Coias and Karen Brown in the house. Crying and screaming permitted. Also dancing and laughing.
September 26th with Will Woodson- we’re starting at 10.30pm after the presidential debate but usually tunes start at 9pm. October 17th we have Andrew Sharp doing a pipes and woodwind workshop before the session. October 24th a film crew will be in to record.
Starting with a Thursday night 6-9pm early bird special session on St. Pat’s March 17th, we have an exciting lineup for the next six weeks at Iona on our regular Mondays. A special night planned for April 4th when we will be celebrating Sebastian McLaughlin’s art exhibit ,currently on show at Iona, with a party from 7-9pm followed by the session 9 – midnight on Monday April 4th.
Tonight, Monday March 7th, we have the great piper Will Woodson in. Iona is at 180 Grand Street in Brooklyn, on the L train and along with great music, the bar has food, fantastic beer and a heated garden.
The Iona Session CD ‘Island Wild’ is now available to listen and purchase
January at Iona – Monday Jan 18th – fab fiddler Amy Beshara will be our special guest from 9pm, Monday Jan 25th the Iona Big Burns night from 8pm, falling on the bard’s actual b’day , with Calum Pasqua and Andrew Forbes in charge of the band, Robert Buchan MC’ing and toasts and songs from gentle persons Pamela Jean Agaloos and J.R. Strauss. Great drink specials and $10 Laphroaig. What could be better.
Tonight, November 2nd at Iona – we’re pleased to have top fiddle man Calum Pasqua leading tonight as part of Tony Demarco’s NY TradFEST – tunes from 9pm. Check out the great acts playing around the city this week at TradFEST and get your tickets http://www.newyorktradfest.org/events2015.html
New Iona season starts next Monday September 14th – this year co- hosted by Karen Brown and Matt Diaz, with special guest leaders announced weekly. First up is Mr Calum Pasqua with his new 18C fiddle – watch where you sit down! New time 8pm-11pm to fit in with more people’s schedules. Iona CD has arrived and on sale in the bar. We have a dropbox and a tunelist if you’re interested in getting in on some Scottish pipes and fiddle action. Hoping to see some of the new faces we met over the summer at Boston Harbor, Catskill Irish Arts and Acadia Trad Schools. Pipers welcome.
‘The bees, rejoicing o’er their summer toils,
Unnumber’d buds an’ flow’rs’ delicious spoils’
Join us next Monday June 22nd for the inaugural MIDSUMMER BURNS NIGHT at Iona. It’s all about the thrumming, free wheelin’, summer-lovin’ poetry and songs of the Bard, so we’ll be singing, declaiming, bagpiping, and raging around in our cutty sarks, dressing droddums and kissing barefit carlins. From 8pm at Iona, 180 Grand St, Brooklyn 11211.
A great cast of characters will be in attendance – Glenfiddich Champion fiddler, Calum Pasqua, Young Wolfetone Andrew Sharp, piper JR Strauss, Burns Scholar, Professor Thomas Keith and the Iona session band. Our Friends at Laphroaig will be offering tastes of their fine whiskies and there will be specials on Belhaven Ale and Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer!
June dates – 1st and 8th Andrew Forbes (he’s off to be a traveling minstrel for the summer), 15th Amy Beshara, 22nd Andrew Coileáin Sharp, Calum Michael and JR Strauss for the Midsummer Burns along with Thomas Keith as MC of Poetry. CD is being manufactured and should be available for the 22nd, though we’ll wait for the CD release party til later in the year.