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Spring at Iona -April/May

IMG_4412Monday April 18th – Andrew Forbes – Jimi Hendrix of the Pipes

Monday April 25th – Elias Alexander – Pipes, fiddle, guitar, song

Monday May 2nd – Alice Breda Ryan – Sean Nos Dance and Song

Monday May 9th – Benjamin Trott – English/Irish/Scottish guitar and concertina

Join us for an upcoming Monday.  Tunes start at 9pm.  Iona is at 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 and you are welcome as a musician or listener.

 

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Spring Line-up for Monday Night Session at Iona

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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

 

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Playing through the holidays at Iona – Andrew Forbes December 21st, Calum Pasqua December 28th

 

 

We’ll be keeping going through the holiday season on Monday nights at Iona for some extra Scottish sparkle.  This coming Monday December 21st we have the fine piper Andrew Forbes at the helm, and the following week Monday December 28th, Glenfiddich champion fiddler and man of a thousand fiddles, Mr Calum Pasqua.  Come down for  beer, cheer and chunes on Monday nights from 9pm.  We welcome all musical refugees and visiting dignitaries.

Iona is at 180 Grand Street Brooklyn at Bedford Ave.  Train is the L to Bedford Ave.

 

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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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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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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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