Celtic Spotlight

St. Patrick’s Day Poems

Letter to a Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland, As you turned to God in your captivity, May we, captives of sin, turn to the Father. And when we dream, may our dreams Draw us closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. As you in your Confession revealed all Frailties, we, too, on your day confess Our need to become “begotten in Christ.” Jane Hutto St. Patrick’s Day Marauding raiders from Ireland captured Patrick in Britain at age sixteen at his…

St. Patrick’s Day Poem

Marauding raiders from Ireland captured Patrick in Britain at age sixteen at his parents’ estate, up ’til that time in Patrick’s life, things were just great. He was taken to Ireland and sold to the highest bidder into slavery; a boy on his own was left in the wilderness to tend sheep, with nothing more than his bravery. Patrick survived for six years tending the sheep, continually praying and developing his relationship with God, and even praying in his sleep….

Highly-Anticipated Book of Iona Released

The Book of Iona has now been released and all pre-orders have been shipped out  It’s been a long time coming, but the Book of Iona box set from former progressive Celtic Christian band Iona, which has been avidly awaited since June, is finally available. Dave Bainbridge, who has been snowed under with recording work, announces that the epic 17-CD “The Book of Iona” box set has now been released, and all pre-orders were shipped out almost two weeks ago. The 17…

Book of Iona Update from Dave Bainbridge

IONA’s Dave Bainbridge Provides Upcoming “Book of Iona” Update Book of IONA Box Set Update They say good things come to those who wait, and such will surely be the case with the upcoming Book of Iona Box Set and booklet. First planned for a June release, the highly-anticipated box set has been delayed by COVID-19 and the busy schedules of those involved in the project. Celtic musician Dave Bainbridge, formerly of the band IONA, provides us a quick, but…

‘Book of Iona’ Box Set Coming Out in June

“Book of Iona” coming in June; Iona and Open Sky Records announces first 5 companion disks from the upcoming box set are complete Dave Bainbridge of Iona and Open Sky Records announces that the first 5 companion disks from the upcoming box set are complete. For Iona, The Book of Kells, Beyond These Shores, Journey into the Morn and Open Sky are finished and have been mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland Masters. “I’m so pleased that Nigel is onboard with the…

New Iona Music, Dave Bainbridge and Nick Beggs

New Iona Music & Video from Dave Bainbridge and Nick Beggs; Book of Iona Box Set Dave Bainbridge announces a new Book of Iona video that features a recording of Iona’s ‘White Sands’ that Nick Beggs and Bainbridge collaborated on (virtually!) last month. The video was produced exclusively for cd 17 of the Iona box set “The Sound of Iona.” Bainbridge shares, “Nick’s Chapman Stick playing on this new version is beautiful.” Bainbridge is continuing work on The Book of Iona box set (release date 20th June) and has…

‘Book of Iona’ Box Set Now Available to Preorder

Iona’s Dave Bainbridge announced that the upcoming ‘Book of Iona’ box set is now available to preorder on Open Sky Records. Bainbridge was recently touring on the Lifesigns UK tour, but the following week, measures to tackle the Coronavirus ramped up in the UK dramatically. Fusion Festival and Cruise to the Edge appearances were cancelled as countries around the world went into lockdown. A number of concerts on the Dave & Sally Summer Tour were also cancelled or postponed, as was the…

Pioneering Celtic Group Clannad to Release New Album in September

Clannad to Release New Album in September– First Since 1998 Clannad has announced plans to release the band’s first album of new material since 1998’s Grammy-winning Landmarks, and the first with the full original line-up since 1989’s Past Present. The new project is scheduled for release in September 2013. Clannad – siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan, and their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan – began recordings this week. Pol had previously left Clannad following the release of Past…

St. Patrick’s At The Ryman With Keith & Kristyn Getty Sun., Mar. 17

Irish singers Keith and Kristyn Getty will bring St. Patrick’s Day to The Ryman Auditorium on Sunday March, 17 at 7:00 pm. The special performance will feature traditional and modern Irish hymns, authentic Irish instruments, and Irish dancing. St. Patrick’s At The Ryman With Keith & Kristyn Getty Opening the festivities that evening will be the Contemporary Celtic band, RUNA. Their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, gives the vocal and instrumental ensemble its arrangements…


There’s an old Irish blessing that says, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.” I thought of it recently after reading a blessing I’d come across while reading my Bible. Although that blessing was conferred centuries ago by King Solomon upon…

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