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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 tonight – Monday 6th October – start of live recordings at Iona next Monday 13th

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Tonight! Monday 6th October – Iona Scottish Session – we’re starting up the live recordings next week, so time to air that 19 strathspey, 700 reel set you’ve been polishing.  180 Grand Street Brooklyn from 9pm – L, G and M trains

Tonight Monday 29th September, Iona Session from 9pm

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This Monday and all the Mondays join us for Scottish tunes at Iona, 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn from 9pm

New 2014-15 season kicks off – Iona session is back Monday September 8th

Summer travels are done….Come down and see us at Iona, we’ve been everywhere man! Tunes ahoy this coming Monday 8th September at Iona bar 180 Grand St Brooklyn with the whole crew.Iona Burns Night 2

Iona Pipes and Fiddle Concert at Jalopy – Thanks

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Lots of people to thank for the great sold out crowd we had for the Iona Scottish Session Pipes and Fiddles show at Jalopy last night – what a blast. Thanks to everyone who came down. Thanks to the musicians who travelled from Scotland, Cape Breton, Seattle and points closer to home – you all rocked and there were so many highlights. Andrew Forbes playing Tombs,Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald with Troy Macg on piano locking in – just wow – that alone was worth putting on the show for, Katie and Neil kicking it up to a new level of fiddle and piano awesomeness, Troy just being the monster all round player he is and the Iona session sets by Amy BesharaCalum Michael.John Nevin – thanks for spreading the word and for all you do for trad music in NYC. Simon Brooking and the fine single malts of Laphroaig – so many appreciative comments from the crowd – and what a treat – Thanks.Matt Diaz – the photo show was AMAZING. Looked fantastic. Douglas Safranek – thank you for hanging the show and putting up the musicians. Sharon Katzmann lifesaver, super generous of you to step in when we needed an emergency hostess , the magical generous musical people of Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, Feral , Lynette Wiley, Karen, Geoff and sound man Eric and our stalwart supporters from Iona Bar, Robbie, Victor, Miguel and J.  Thanks!

 

TARTAN WEEK NYC AT IONA April 7th to 12th 2014

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MON 7th April  6-8pm Katie McNally Fiddle Workshop $35 at Iona
MON 7th April  9pm Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman host Iona
TUES 8th April  9pm Andrew Forbes/Scottish Octopus host Iona
WEDS 9th April 6-8pm Troy MacGillivray Fiddle Workshop at Iona
WEDS 9th April 9pm Troy and Scottish Octopus host Iona
THURS 10th April 8pm – PIPES AND FIDDLE CONCERT at  Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, Brooklyn
THURS 10th April  8pm – Matt Diaz Photography Show at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, Brooklyn (April 10th-April 24th)
FRI  11th April 10.30pm – LAU play Mercury Lounge, Houston St in Manhattan
SAT 12th April  1-4pm – Calum Pasqua Fiddle Workshop $35 in Forest Hills, Queens (Calum’s Workshop for the Cameron Ensemble contact : Isabelle Smith iasmith1@verizon.net)
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Jalopy – 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY

Iona – 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY

EXTRA SESSIONS FOR TARTAN WEEK NYC at Iona – 7/8/9th April – Pipes and Fiddle Concert at Jalopy April 10th

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TARTAN WEEK NYC at IONA, 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn presented FIDDLE WORKSHOPS (Mon 7th-KATIE McNALLY) and (Weds 9th-TROY MACGILLIVRAY) and extra sessions in the bar on Monday 7th (Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman), Tuesday 8th (Scottish Octopus with Andrew Forbes) and Weds 9th (Troy MacGillivray and Scottish Octopus) with Laphroaig whisky specials (Mon). The sold out  pipes, fiddles and photography show at Jalopy Theater, again with lovely whisky support by Laphroaig –  was a roaring success on April 10th  . Matt Diaz’s photography show of traditional musicians opened at Jalopy the same night and runs til April 24th.

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180 Grand Street

Brooklyn, NY

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Iona Burns Night Celebration – Monday 27th from 8.30pm 180 Grand Street Brooklyn, M, L and G trains

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Join us for the Big Iona Burns Night next Monday 27th 8.30-11pm. Led by handsome kiltie men, piper Andrew Forbes and fiddler Calum Pasqua, whisky and song graciously supplied by Simon Brooking from Laphroaig, readings and toasts from Lia Barcellona Tamborra, Miguel Coias …special guests t.b.a. and live Iona All Stars trad ensemble. Burns’ songs and poetry… bagpipes and haggis, dressing up and $4 Belhaven. What could be better… — with Douglas Safranek,Miguel CoiasHannah Marie MarcusMax CarmichaelLia Barcellona TamborraMatthew ChachereAndrew ForbesAmy BesharaStuart LeighMatt DiazCalum MichaelJenny Evans andKaren Brown at IONA BAR.

Session tonight Monday 13th January at Iona from 8.30pm

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Well lots of news this week.  First, please join  Matt Diaz, Andrew Forbes, Amy Beshara and Max Carmichael for tunes tonight.  It’s strangely pleasant outside.
Next week, the 20th, we’ll be led by recent  graduate of the Piping Masters program at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire,  border piper Will Woodson, before he sets off for the frozen north to resettle in Portland with pipe maker and oor pal, Nate Banton.  We’ll miss them but we’ll see them.
Our Burns Spectacular  this year will be on the regular Monday 27th.  Haggis, poetry of the Bard of Ayrshire, drink promotions with Bellhaven and Laphroaig, featuring the Iona All Stars led by fine kiltie men, piper Andrew Forbes (GHB’s included) and champion fiddler, Calum Pasqua.
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180 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211

Happy New Year – session tonight Monday January 6th from 8.30pm

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Tunes tonight at Iona from 8.30pm, people – and may we offer these comforting words to any of you who may have overindulged over the last fortnight – an hour of fiddling burns 305 calories …. an hour of piping (with some marching to the bar) expends an impressive 320. (courtesy of some daft website I just looked up). That means if you play for 4 hours you can continue to have a festive time AND have plenty left to spend on drams and crisps.

IONA

180 Grand Street at Bedford Ave

Brooklyn 11211

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