Wednesday, October 12, 2011

IONA to open 'Winterfest 31'

ONLEY --The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore presents the first performance of the new season, "Winterfest 31" on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Nandua High School. This will be the first of seven performances (one more than the season usually offers) which began in October and will end in April 2012.

The opener will be IONA, a Celtic band that has been at the forefront of the Celtic Music revival since the band's inception in 1986. Founded by Barbara Tresidder Ryan and Bernard Argent, IONA has evolved into what is probably the most comprehensive pan-Celtic band in the world. The band's mission is to present the rich musical elements of all the Celtic cultures-- Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Manx, Cornish, Breton, Asturian and Galician, blending them into New World cultures: Appalachian, Cape Breton and Cajun.

IONA is known for its ability to connect with the audience, for its professionalism and energy. IONA members have researched IONA's material by traveling to all the Celtic lands to excavate the traditions and learn from those from whom the music originated. The group's name comes from the island of Iona, the first landfall in Scotland out of the sight of Ireland. The founders decided to capitalize the name because another group subsequently chose the same name. The band consists of five performers: Barbara Tresidder Ryan, Bernart Argent, Chuck Lawhorn, Jim Queen, and Kathleen Larrick

IONA to open 'Winterfest 31' | The Daily Times |

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