Though there is currently not a new Iona album in the pipeline, several solo/collaborative albums have been released recently featuring band members which will undoubtedly be of interest to fans of Celtic Christian music. More on these very soon, but for now the Kingsway label have released 3 albums of particular interest to IONA fans. Not one, but TWO brand new solo projects from Iona’s singer-songwriter Joanne Hogg, and a collaborative album from Nick Fletcher and Iona’s Dave Bainbridge.
Raphael`s Journey – Joanne says this about Raphael`s Journey: “Many years ago , before I became a mother, somebody suggested doing a lullaby project and so I set about trying to write some lullabies with a friend of mine.”
Personal – About her latest album Joanne says: “Musically, the album is a pretty acoustic affair. It was recorded in a few days with a few wonderful musicians. The songs were tracked live with bass, drums, piano and keyboard and then some atmospheric electric guitar, mandolin. Cello and percussion overdubs added after. Special mention to dear friend Terl Bryant who made the trip to play drums and percussion. Amazing! Also a guest performance from the brilliant Troy Donockley…no album complete without him!….no instrumental tracks or long instrumental solos on this one….just songs.”
Breaking of the Dawn – Released in October 2007, this album has been something of a hidden gem. Nick Fletcher was commissioned by Kingsway Music to produce an album celebrating the work of contemporary hymn writers Stuart Townend and Keith Getty and wanted to create an album that fused orchestral and Celtic influences. Enlisting his friend Dave Bainbridge to record and co-produce the album at Dave’s Open Sky Studio as well as arrange many of the tracks, it soon became clear that something special was brewing. Both Dave and Nick were keen to disregard previous versions of Stuart and Keith’s songs and instead really get to the essence of the lyrics and set their often haunting or uplifting melodies into completely new instrumental and harmonic frameworks.
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