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Monday 13th and Friday 17th March

Song Night Tiffany PamJoin our international women of song, Tiffany Rae Knight and Pamela Lee Agaloos next Monday 13th March for a special Song Night at Iona. Singers welcome (especially Sean McNally), backup by the Iona Session band. Iona is at 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn – from 9pm.#internationalwomensday

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We’re excited for another song night with Pamela Jean Agaloos and Tiffany Knight on Monday 13th 9pm-12pm followed by the open session for singers and musicians on St. Patrick’s Day,  Friday 17th 5pm-8pm led by fiddler Karen Brown, multi-instrumentalist Max Carmichael and piper JR Strauss.

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iona-burns 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 StraussMax CarmichaelAmy LynnCalum MichaelMatt DiazPamela Jean AgaloosMiguel Coias and Karen Brown in the house. Crying and screaming permitted. Also dancing and laughing.

Iona Session Fall Season

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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.

Last two Mondays before summer break

June 13th we’re having a send off party for our regular piper, Andrew Forbes with the lovely singer and fiddler Liz Hanley at the helm.  June 20th we close the winter/spring season with the fabulous Caitlin Warbelow, fiddler and teacher extraordinaire.  We’ll be back after Labor Day!  Iona is at 180 Grand Street, corner of Bedford Ave in Williamsburg. Tunes 9-12.  See you there. All welcome.

Spring Line-up at Iona – March and April

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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.

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Midsummer Burns – Monday June 22nd at 8pm – Last night of the season

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‘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!

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June Calendar at Iona – Mondays at 9pm

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June dates – 1st and 8th  Andrew Forbes (he’s off to be a traveling minstrel for the summer), 15th Amy Beshara, 22nd Andrew Coileáin SharpCalum 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.

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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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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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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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