LIVE; Pictures Review & TOURDATES:
March 23 - Altenkirchen
March 24 - Hattersheim
March 25 - Karlsruhe
Also in the UK: April 29th, The RumStore - Carnglaze Cavern, Cornwall. This is a unique venue - one not to be missed! More details coming soon.
On the Review Page of Circeling Hour you'll find great pictures of The Spirit of 66, November 2006.
Live at the St.George Church Leeds,
17th of November 2006.
Wonderful set, a magical atmosphere and truly powerful Celtic Prog Rock.
Althrough I are deeply moved by Joanas voice there are musicians in the band that can be put in the spotlight. The left handed Phil on bass is quite little fellow that is doing some great finger picking and maybe Frank van Essen on drums and violins is become an unbelieveable good force in this band. Oke let's mentioned the other to skilled craftsmen too: Dave Bainbridge, smiling, gentle and giving some solo's away like Stephen Hackett and the other guy is just magic... with cards, wedding rings, Ullian Pipes, bazouki and flutes.
Troy was apperently not used to be in a church, because he tought the painting behind the altar was taken from Woodstock... ;-)
The support act was done by the Celtic singer Mae McKenna. And she did a marvelous job. A few acoustic songs with her guitar and the last 2 songs accompanied by Troy & Dave.
Review of Anthines 2006.
Brilliant.. no more no less... absolutely #**#ing brilliant. Dave with his guitar, Troy on guitar Ullian Pipes and thin whistles, a wonderful rhythm section and Joanna... brilliant! She has an unbelieveable voice.
A splendid mix of Celtic, rock and some progressive tunes.
Go and see them you'll be amazed.
Afterwards chatting again.. thanks, see you soon!
Tom & Nick.
Photo's by Nick from
The Spirit of 66
Setlist September 23th 2004
2. Wave after Wave (Open Sky)
3. Chi-Rho (Book of Kells)
4. Greenfields of Canada
5. Edge of the World (Beyond These Shores)
6. Jigs (with a great solo of Dave)
7. Today (Beyond These Shores)
End of the acoustic set;
8. Inside my Heart (Journey into Morn)
9. The Search (Journey into Morn)
10.Factory of Magnificent Souls (new song about Nelson Mandela)
11.Encircling (Journey Into The Morn)
12.Strength (with a lot of echo on Joana's singing)
13.Wind of the Lake (new song)
14.Treasure (Joana on guitar Beyond These Shores)
15.Castlerigg (Open Sky)
16.Reels (Heaven Bright Sun)
17.Irish Day (Journey into Morn)
18.B-Se I Part II (Journey into Morn)
19.Woven Cords (Open Sky / Woven Cords)
As support act there was a girl with an harp; Keltia. Lovely voice, music of the Middle Ages, nicely done.
The act started impressive with one of their instrumental songs of their debut album. And then that voice... beautiful and amazing, it fits perfectly with the atmosphere Iona breathes. Iona, especially Joana, sends out sheer beauty and serenity.
Dave Brainbridge - guitars, bouzouki and keyboards
Troy Donockley - ulliann pipes, low & tin whistle, guitars, bouzouki
Frank van Essen - drums, percussion and violins
Phil Barker - bass.
An interview with Troy Donockley.
And a interview with Dave Bianbridge.
Photo by Anton van Kan / Drachten 25 September 04.
SOLO PROJECTS & SESSIONS:
Looking Into Light ('98), with;
Dave Bainbridge - Guitars, Keyboards, Bouzouki;
Troy Donockley - Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistles;
Phil Barker - Bass Guitar;
new IONA member - Frank van Essen - Percussion, Drums, Violin;
Nick Beggs - Fretless Bass, Chapman Stick;
Terl Bryant - Drums, Percussion;
Dave Fitzgerald - Flute, Tin Whistle;
Chris Redgate - Oboe and the Emperor String Quartet and not forgetting
Joanne's sisters Helen, Doreen and Muriel who join her on 'Brightest and Best'.
New Irish Hymns ('02) - Joanne Hogg, Margaret Becker,
Maire Brennan Collaboration of these three unique singers with young Irish composer
Keith Getty. Featured guest musicians include Phil Keaggy, Terl Bryant, Tim Harries
and Troy Donockley.
Shades of Riverdance!
Raphael`s Journey ('08).
Album is now for sale, i t was avaiable as download, but now also as a ral album.
All the sales of this project will go to charities that help children in extreme poverty. One is called Adopt-a Child working in Guatemala, Albania and Egypt, one is a project called The Uganda Jesus Village which is part of the work of Freshfire Ministries, and another of the projects is Kingsway Music`s project called Ray of Hope working in the Amazon.
NOTE: This is initially only going to be available as a download. This is really to maximise the money
generated, so please download this project and encourage others to purchase the download as well.
Don`t encourage illegal copying!
Musically, this album is a collection of songs with a few instrumentals. Frank (Van Essen) has been working with me on this for several years not only as producer, but also co-writing and playing. There are beautiful performances from all my mates in Iona, gorgeous string arrangements from Frank, beautiful guest vocals from the amazing Moya Brennan and piano and vocals from myself......so, please download it and tell others about it. Check out www.raphaelsjourney.com or www.missionworship.com through Kingsway Music.
Mandalaband ('08/ '09), please check that out; stunning new project of David Rohl.
He and Debbie Bainbridge made an album Songs for Luca, to raise money for Luca who is autistic. 26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of 'Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001' and 'Beijing - widescreen remix' from IONA and other unreleased tracks from Dave Bainbridge, Bainbridge & Fitzgerald ('live' in Norwich Cathedral - 1998), The Flower Kings, Frank van Essen, Nick Beggs and Debbie Bainbridge - some of these especially written for Luca). Also features tracks by Rick Wakeman, Maire Brennan, Karnataka, Eden's Bridge, Joanne Hogg, Troy Donockley, Peter Fairclough Group, Mae McKenna, Terl Bryant, Jeff Johnson, Gentle Giant, Adrian Snell and Julie Tippetts. Rachel Jones is a guest: on 'Songs for Luca'.
Veil of Gossamer': is an awesome great album.
The new album from Troy and Dave Bainbridge will be available in the next few days! From Silence was recorded live in Lincoln Cathedral at the end of October. Details and soundbytes are in the Discography section of the website. Orders are already being taken for the album and Troy has agreed to sign the first 50 CDs ordered via the web-shop (which has had a new lick of paint) – so get in quick to avoid disappointment!
SONGS FOR LUCA 2: Dave and Debbie report that they're getting a fantastic response
from artists wanting to be involved in the album. Artists on board to date include:
|At 2hrs 20mins long and containing 25 exclusive tracks (out of 30 in total) it has definitely been worth the wait and is tremendous value for money.
You will find contributions from a myriad of talented artists including: Moya Brennan, Joanne Hogg, IONA, Phil Keaggy, Troy Donockley,
All proceeds go towards helping Dave & Debbie's autistic son, Luca continue on his Son-Rise Programme
Please buy at:
The result is some incredibly moving moments, with orchestral sweeps of sound often reminiscent of Vaughan Williams and, of course Iona. In fact Iona co-founder David Fitzgerald can be heard on several tracks, notably the wonderful improvised flute introduction to 'Jesus is Lord'. Like Iona's work, the album contains a mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks, with Scottish singer Yvonne Lyons contributing some spine tinglingly fragile and moving performances.
Catherdral of Dreams ('09).
Available in a few weeks time from our web store www.iona.uk.com.
('95) & Beauty As Far As The Eye Can See
Columcille ('95), Lux Aeterna ('97) & Breath of Heaven and a new album called 'God is Love'
DAVE BAINBRIDGE & DAVE FITZGERALD
Eye of the Eagle.
Dave works together with Nick Fletcher on the new album Cathedral of Dreams and with Dave Fitzgerald on "Life Journery".
More info at this page.
The old Ullian Pipe player released a solo album too with folky tunes.
Frank van Essen.
The Dutch drummer is involved with several projects, but also solo; Release your Power ('07).
But also a x-mas album.
We Belong to the Day by Dew ('12).
Please visit their site at:
Troy Donockley and