composer / musician / producer / co-founder of IONA
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Life Journey

IONA's co-founders reunite once again for another inspirational soundtrack to a book, taking up where 'The Eye of the Eagle' left off back in 1998. The music on this album was originally commissioned and conceived as an interpretation in sound of the incredibly inspiring imagery and prose contained within Mary Fleeson's wonderful book 'Life Journey'. In that it has undoubtedly succeeded, but has also transcended the original brief as the unique chemistry between the two musicians that co-founded IONA has once again produced a deeply spiritual, timeless work. Dave Bainbridge relates; "In many ways this felt like we were returning to the source of the inspiration that birthed IONA the band.

IONA was born out of David and I improvising together during soundchecks on Adrian Snell gigs back at the end of the 1980's and David's mystical experience of God's powerful Presence one dark night on the Island of Lindisfarne.



This book was also birthed by Mary on Lindisfarne and much of its imagery is inspired by that amazing place. At certain points during the album you can hear sounds that Mary's husband Mark recorded on the island - the St Mary's church bell, the sea lapping on nearby St Cuthbert's Isle, the sound of the seabirds."

BAND PERSONNEL:
Dave Bainbridge - keyboards, acoustic & electric guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, garden bells
David Fitzgerald - alto, soprano & tenor saxophones, flute, piccolo, whistles, indian & chinese flutes
Frank van Essen - solo violin, drums
Produced, recorded and mixed by Dave Bainbridge

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Additional drums on 'Heart' and violin on 'Life Journey' by Frank Van Essen

PRODUCER: Dave Bainbridge
LABEL: Lindisfarne Scriptorium

PRODUCER: Dave Bainbridge

LABEL: Open Sky Records