Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s. Termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which involved creating music for listening, not dancing. Prog is based on fusions of styles and genres, involving a continuous move between formalism and eclecticism. Due to its historical reception, prog's scope is sometimes limited to a stereotype of long solos, overlong albums, fantasy lyrics, grandiose stage sets and costumes, an obsessive dedication to technical skill. While the genre is cited for its merging of high culture and low culture, few artists incorporated literal classical themes in their work to any great degree, only a handful of groups purposely emulated or referenced classical music.
The genre coincided with the mid 1960s economic boom that allowed record labels to allocate more creative control to their artists, as well as the new journalistic division between "pop" and "rock" that lent generic significance to both terms. Prog faded soon after. Conventional wisdom holds that the rise of punk rock caused this, but several more factors contributed to the decline. Music critics, who labelled the concepts as "pretentious" and the sounds as "pompous" and "overblown", tended to be hostile towards the genre or to ignore it. After the late 1970s, progressive rock fragmented in numerous forms; some bands achieved commercial success well into the 1980s or crossed into symphonic pop, arena rock, or new wave. Early groups who exhibited progressive features are retroactively described as "proto-prog"; the Canterbury scene, originating in the late 1960s, denoted a subset of prog bands who emphasised the use of wind instruments, complex chord changes and long improvisations. Rock in Opposition, from the late 1970s, was more avant-garde, when combined with the Canterbury style, created avant-prog.
In the 1980s, a new subgenre, neo-progressive rock, enjoyed some commercial success, although it was accused of being derivative and lacking in innovation. Post-progressive draws upon newer developments in popular music and the avant-garde since the mid 1970s; the term "progressive rock" is synonymous with "art rock", "classical rock" and "symphonic rock". "art rock" has been used to describe at least two related, but distinct, types of rock music. The first is progressive rock as it is understood, while the second usage refers to groups who rejected psychedelia and the hippie counterculture in favour of a modernist, avant-garde approach. Similarities between the two terms are that they both describe a British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility. However, art rock is more to have experimental or avant-garde influences. "Prog" was devised in the 1990s as a shorthand term, but became a transferable adjective suggesting a wider palette than that drawn on by the most popular 1970s bands.
Progressive rock is varied and is based on fusions of styles and genres, tapping into broader cultural resonances that connect to avant-garde art, classical music and folk music and the moving image. Although a unidirectional English "progressive" style emerged in the late 1960s, by 1967, progressive rock had come to constitute a diversity of loosely associated style codes; when the "progressive" label arrived, the music was dubbed "progressive pop" before it was called "progressive rock", with the term "progressive" referring to the wide range of attempts to break with standard pop music formula. A number of additional factors contributed to the acquired "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic. Critics of the genre limit its scope to a stereotype of long solos, overlong albums, fantasy lyrics, grandiose stage sets and costumes, an obsessive dedication to technical skill. While progressive rock is cited for its merging of high culture and low culture, few artists incorporated literal classical themes in their work to any great degree, only a handful of groups purposely emulated or referenced classical music.
Writer Emily Robinson says that the narrowed definition of "progressive rock" was a measure against the term's loose application in the late 1960s, when it was "applied to everyone from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones". Debate over the genre's criterion continued to the 2010s on Internet forums dedicated to prog. According to musicologists Paul Hegarty and Martin Halliwell, Bill Martin and Edward Macan authored major books about prog rock while "effectively accept the characterization of progressive rock offered by its critics.... They each do so unconsciously." Academic John S. Cotner contests Macan's view that progressive rock cannot exist without the continuous and overt assimilation of classical music into rock. Author Kevin Holm-Hudson ag
Dave Bainbridge is an English keyboard player and guitarist who with Dave Fitzgerald co-founded the Christian progressive and Celtic folk themed band Iona. Born in Darlington, England from a musical family. Dave learnt guitar from thirteen, he joining his first band'Exodus' at fourteen. Dave went to Leeds College of Music. Whilst at college Dave, met singer and songwriter Adrian Snell; the result was a working partnership that spanning eight years and through which he would first meet Joanne Hogg and David Fitzgerald. This partnership went on to be the founding force behind the group Iona. Dave and Iona toured the world with the band between 1989 and 2015, releasing 13 critically acclaimed albums. Dave’s multi-faceted career as a solo artist, guitarist, bouzouki player, improviser, arranger and sound mixer has led him into many musical genres and work with numerous artists including: Strawbs, Jack Bruce, Buddy Guy, Troy Donockley, Nick Beggs, Gloria Gaynor, Moya Brennan, Robert Fripp, Mae McKenna, Phil Keaggy, Paul Jones, Damian Wilson, Nick Fletcher, ‘Snake’ Davis, Adrian Snell, PP Arnold, Mollie Marriott, Norman Beaker, Fred T Baker, Dave Brons, Paul Bielatowicz and many others.
Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz soloist award and the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance during his time at Leeds Music College, Dave has composed soundtracks for numerous short films, TV and multimedia productions and has co-written a guitar concerto with Classic FM favourite Nick Fletcher, released on the album ‘Cathedral of Dreams’. Dave has released three solo albums, ‘Veil of Gossamer’, ‘Celestial Fire’ and his first solo piano album ‘The Remembering’; the ‘Celestial Fire’ album led to the formation of the band of the same name in 2015 and the Celestial Fire band ’Live in the UK’ DVD/2 cd album was released in April 2017. Dave has released two collaborative albums with Troy Donockley and two with Iona's David Fitzgerald. Current live projects include his new band Celestial Fire, The Strawbs, the Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear duo and occasional solo concerts. Dave was arranger & musical director for Adrian Snell’s sell out live performances in The Netherlands of his works ‘The Passion’, ‘Light of the World’ and'Alpha and Omega', all of which feature a full band of top Dutch session musicians, vocal soloists and a 60 piece choir.
"Dave Bainbridge is a genius of immeasurable proportions….working with artists as varied as Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce and IONA. If you are unfamiliar with him it's time to make amends. Trust me." Nick Beggs"I've been listening to'Celestial Fire' and I love it! Wow… That's some amazing stuff man! One of the best albums I've heard in a while." Neal Morse "Dave is a major driving force behind the band Iona. His fluid, emotional guitar playing, epic keyboard work and expansive compositions combine into one of this generation’s most powerful and original musical voices.” John Kellogg “Bainbridge's guitar playing is superb. Chris MacIntosh 88.1fm WCWP New York“Soaring guitar passages, stunning keyboard work, inspirational waves of orchestral prog.” Bert Saraco A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Bainbridge's solo material continues in the style established in Iona, fusing progressive rock, Celtic folk and improvisational elements in a unique way. A number of members of Iona have co-operated on each others.
Veil of Gossamer Celestial Fire The Remembering Live in the Studio Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear Celestial Fire - Live in the UK see Iona for a list of their recordings Eye of the Eagle Eye of the Eagle Life Journey When Worlds Collide From Silence From Silence The Ferryman's Curse Cardington Songs for Luca Songs for Luca 2 Breaking of the Dawn Cathedral of Dreams Official website Iona's Official Website
Robert Fripp is an English guitarist and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present, he has worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with David Bowie on the albums "Heroes" and Scary Monsters, Brian Eno, David Sylvian and contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His complete discography lists more than seven hundred releases over five decades, he is ranked 62nd on Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time after having been ranked by David Fricke 42nd on its 2003 list. Tied with Andrés Segovia, he is ranked 47th on Gibson's Top 50 guitarists of all time, his compositions feature unusual time signatures, which have been influenced by classical and folk traditions. His innovations include Frippertronics and new standard tuning. Robert Fripp was born in Wimborne Minster, England, the second child of a working-class background family.
His mother Edith hailed from a Welsh mining family in. On Christmas Day 1957, aged 11, he got a "very cheap" guitar from his parents, saying "almost I knew that this guitar was going to be my life". Fripp took guitar lessons with teachers Kathleen Gartell and Don Strike, which advanced his skills: at 11 years of age, he was playing rock, moving on to traditional jazz at 13 and modern jazz at 15. At this time he was influenced by such jazz players and composers as Charlie Parker and Charlie Mingus. Despite his jazz inclinations, Fripp's first band was a rock band called The Ravens, formed in 1961 when he was 15 and featuring schoolmates Graham Wale, Gordon Haskell, Tino Licinio. In 1962 The Ravens split as Fripp concentrated on his O-level studies and joined his father's firm as a junior negotiator, at this point planning to study estate management and take over his father's business. By 1964, aged 17, Fripp made the decision to become a professional musician. For a while, Fripp played guitar in the Chewton Glen Hotel with a jazz band called The Douglas Ward Trio.
Soon afterwards, he formed a roll band called The League of Gentlemen. In addition to Fripp on guitar, the lineup of the 1964 League of Gentlemen included his former Ravens bandmates Gordon Haskell and Tino Licinio, plus Stan Levy and Reg Matthews. Still keeping his options open, Fripp left The League of Gentlemen in 1965 in order to study for A-levels at Bournemouth College, where he studied economics, economic history and political history, writing a special paper on social conditions of the mid-to-late 19th century, he subsequently spent three further years playing light jazz in the Majestic Dance Orchestra at the Bournemouth Majestic Hotel. At age 21, going back home from college late at night, Fripp tuned on to Radio Luxemburg where he heard the last moments of "A Day in the Life". "Galvanized" by the experience, he went on to listen to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Béla Bartók's string quartets, Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony, Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.
Many years Fripp would recall that "although all the dialects are different, the voice was the same... I knew I couldn't say no". Seeking to develop a more creative musical career, Fripp responded to an advertisement placed by Bournemouth brothers Peter Giles and Michael Giles, in which they hoped to recruit a singing organist. Despite being neither of these things, Fripp auditioned for the brothers: the trio subsequently relocated to London and formed Giles and Fripp. Though unsuccessful as a live act, the band gained some attention following the release of two singles as well as an album. Despite the recruitment of two further members - singer Judy Dyble and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald - Fripp felt that he was outgrowing the eccentric pop approach favoured by Peter Giles and the band broke up in 1968. Fripp, McDonald and Michael Giles formed the first lineup of King Crimson in mid-1968, recruiting Fripp's old Bournemouth College friend Greg Lake as lead singer and bass player, McDonald's writing partner Peter Sinfield as lyricist, light show designer and general creative consultant.
King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, was released in late 1969 to great success: drawing on rock and European folk/classical music ideas, it is regarded as one of the most influential albums in the history of progressive rock. The band was tipped for stardom but broke up at the end of its first American tour in 1969. A despondent Fripp offered to leave the group if it would allow King Crimson to survive. During the reco
The River Flows
The River Flows: Anthology Vol. 1 is a progressive rock 4-CD album by Iona, released in 2002. It is a box set collection of their first three studio albums with some re-recording plus a fourth disc, a collection of additional material from throughout the years; the band's first album, has the re-recorded tracks and each of the first three is subtly re-mastered. CD 4 contains new and unreleased material including Iona's soundtrack from the BBC nature programme Snowdonia Realm of the Ravens, reels, a new version of "Hearthquake" and other unreleased material. Joanne Hogg - vocals Dave Bainbridge - keyboards, guitar Phil Barker - bass guitar Frank van Essen - drums, violin Troy Donockley - pipes, guitar, keyboards Disc One: total time 59:57 Iona re-release"Turning Tide" – 2:04 * "Flight of the Wild Goose" – 6:13 * "The Island" – 5:15 * "White Sands" – 3:36 "Dancing on the Wall" – 5:10 * "A'mmachair" – 7:09 * "Vision of Naran" – 6:09 * "Beijing" – 5:15 "Iona" – 4:14 * "Trilogy" – 8:54 * "Here I Stand" – 2:36 "Columcille" – 3:22Disc Two: total time 72:23 The Book Of Kells re-releaseKells Opening Theme – 4:18 Revelation – 4:37 Mathew-The Man – 11:54 Chi-Rho – 4:39 Mark-The Lion – 3:29 The River Flows – 5:02 Luke-The Calf – 4:06 Virgin and Child – 3:12 Temptation – 4:34 The Arrest-Gethsemane – 3:49 Trinity-The Godhead – 6:09 John-The Eagle – 4:14 Kells – 5:30 Eternity-No Beginning No End – 6:50Disc Three: total time 68:27 Beyond These Shores re-releasePrayer on the Mountain – 2:53 Treasure – 4:24 Brendan's Voyage – 4:12 Edge of the World – 4:49 Today – 3:14 View of the Islands – 2:30 Bird of Heaven – 9:12 Murlough Bay – 4:11 Burning Like Fire – 4:57 Adrift – 3:48 Beachy Head – 5:46 Machrie Moor – 4:34 Healing – 4:48 Brendan's Return – 4:15 Beyond These Shores – 4:54Disc Four: total time 54:48 Dunes Snowdonia I: Realm of the Ravens – 1:53 Snowdonia II: Dunes – 4:18 Snowdonia III: Macha – 1:36 Snowdonia IV: Dome of Harlech – 3:46 Snowdonia V: Above the Clouds – 1:21 Snowdonia VI: Song of the Waves – 3:17 Snowdonia VII: Moondawn – 3:34 Snowdonia VIII: Winter – 2:11 Jigs – 6:01 Hearthquake – 6:03 Castlerigg/Reels – 10:35 I Will Give My Love an Apple – 4:37 Song of the Waves – 2:10 The Final Journey – 3:26 2002, UK, Open Sky Records/Alliance Records 1902612, releasedDate?
August 2002, CD
Joanne Hogg is a Northern Irish singer and songwriter, best known for her work as the lead singer and songwriter with the Celtic Christian progressive rock and pop band Iona. Hogg was born in Northern Ireland, her father is her mother a nurse. With medicine strong in the family, it was natural for Hogg to become a doctor. Thus, she studied medicine at Queen's University Belfast. In her third year, Hogg was singing at the Christian Artists talent event and was convinced to sing in a school ministry at Youth for Christ in Denmark. After a year, Hogg returned to the University to complete her two remaining years of schooling. After graduating, Hogg interned as a junior doctor at Belfast City Hospital to complete her registration. Six months into working at the hospital, she was taken ill and stopped working for seven months to recover. After recovering, she completed her registration as a doctor, but was advised on medical grounds not to continue in full-time medical work. During her convalescence, she had been contacted by Dave Bainbridge and Dave Fitzgerald, who had considered forming a band.
In 1989, Hogg ceased practising medicine, Iona was born. Since Hogg has sung all over Europe and America. Iona's recordings have become successful worldwide, making them Europe's best-selling contemporary Christian band. Hogg recorded her first solo album in 1999, entitled Looking into Light; the tracks that feature on this album are a selection of re-arranged traditional hymns, with Iona providing the instrumental melodies. In 2001, Hogg collaborated with vocalists Máire Brennan and Margaret Becker for the release New Irish Hymns. There have been a further three volumes of the New Irish Hymns series of albums involving other vocals. Iona provided the instrumentals. In 2008, Hogg released Raphael's Journey and Personal. Raphael's Journey is available only as a download and features friend Moya Brennan of Clannad; the album is available only through Kingsway Music UK. Hogg, in her personal press release, says: 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 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." Her Personal album was released with a press release by Hogg, "to give fans the true story of the album". Her vocals were further featured in the 1998 PlayStation role-playing video game Xenogears. Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, the ending-theme song "Small Two of Pieces", along with an extra track "Stars of Tears" were recorded. Mitsuda invited her to record the vocal themes for the spiritual prequel to Xenogears, Xenosaga: Episode One released four years in 2002. Two tracks were recorded for this game: the ending-theme "Kokoro", the song "Pain", which plays during the final cutscene of the game. Soundtracks were released for both of these videogames on the Digicube label; the song "Kokoro" was released as a CD single. Hogg's vocals were not featured in any of the Xenosaga releases, as Yasunori Mitsuda was replaced with Yuki Kajiura as the game's musical composer.
Looking into Light Celtic Hymns Raphael's Journey Personal Uncountable Stars MAP Project Road from Ruin New Irish Hymns New Irish Hymns 2 New Irish Hymns 3: Incarnation New Irish Hymns 4 Songs for Luca Veil of Gossamer Xenogears Original Soundtrack Xenosaga: Episode One Original Soundtrack Xenosaga: Episode One "Kokoro" Single The Unseen Stream The Pursuit of Illusion The Cave Sessions Vol.1 Official Iona Band biography Iona Band biography Joanne Hogg's page Profile at Square Enix Music Online
Nicholas Beggs is an English musician, noted for playing the bass guitar and the chapman stick. Beggs was born in Winslow, Buckinghamshire in 1961, his parents were Herby and Joan Beggs, he has a younger sister, Jacqueline. His father left when he was young but came back into his life at a age. In November 1979, Beggs' mother died of cancer, leaving him to care for his sister, 15, he took a job as a dustman upon leaving school. His daughter Lula was born on 29 May 1991 and his first marriage to Eleni Gagoushi ended in 1994, he had another daughter, Willow Beggs, in 2002 with his girlfriend Ann Staniford, whom he married in 2003. He is stepfather to his wife’s three children, Olivia and Jake Keenan. Beggs lives in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Beggs was a pescetarian for a while and is a vegetarian due to his rejection of the livestock industry. Beggs' first band Johnny and the Martians consisted of two friends on trumpet and acoustic guitar and Beggs on drums, he went to Linslade Secondary School.
After attending art school, in 1978 Beggs formed the band Art Nouveau, with Steve Askew, Stuart Croxford Neale and Jez Strode. Chris Hamill joined the band in 1981 and at Beggs' suggestion it was renamed Kajagoogoo; the release of the first single, "Too Shy", in January 1983 saw the band on a promotional tour as the record reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. After firing lead singer Limahl and, following a split with Strode, the three remaining band members reformed as'Kaja'. Between 1985 and 1987, Beggs concentrated on writing with various other songwriters and formed Ellis, Beggs, & Howard in March 1987. Ellis and Howard split in 1989, in 1990 Beggs joined the progressive folk band, Iona, he recorded The Book of Kells and Beyond These Shores. He continued working with various artists and bands including Gary Numan, Belinda Carlisle, Emma Bunton and Led Zeppelin's former bass player, John Paul Jones. In 1996, Beggs met Howard Jones on a flight from the United States and a friendship was established.
Jones invited Beggs to tour as part of his band. Beggs has worked with various bands and artists. Beggs went on to work as an Artists and repertoire manager for Phonogram Records, where he worked for eight months, he became a contributor to various guitar publications, is now a staff writer for Bass Guitar magazine. He is a Patron of London-based guitar and bass school, Guitar-X, he has recorded and released two solo albums and an EP: *"Stick Insect" & *"The Maverick Helmsman" *Stick Enterprises, as well as *"The Darkness Inside Mens Hearts", 2014 Burning Shed: a compilation of the solo Chapman Stick pieces from his two earlier albums, with 2 newly recorded Chapman Stick-based songs that bookend the releases. Beggs and Askew have been involved with a new duo called Industrial Salt, who have been successful in Japan, they have written material for Claudia Mills, a finalist on the BBC TV talent show, Let Me Entertain You. A reformed Kajagoogoo with Beggs and Croxford Neale toured in 2004. Since Limahl and Strode have both rejoined and the band has toured extensively over Europe in 2008 and 2009.
In February 2013, Beggs's project, with John Young and Frosty Beedle, released a self-titled album. As of 2011, Beggs is a member of Steven Wilson's touring band, having played in Wilson's albums, Grace For Drowning, The Raven That Refused to Sing, Hand. Cannot. Erase; the EP To the Bone. Beggs became a member of the band Fish On Friday from Belgium, who released an album named Godspeed at the end of 2014, contributed to John Mitchell's solo project Lonely Robot, which released the album Please Come Home in February 2015 as well as appearing on the Spectral Mornings EP. Beggs's latest collaboration is called The Mute Gods, with Roger King, their first album was released in January 2016, entitled Do Nothing. This was followed-up with Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth in February 2017. Beggs' primary instruments are bass guitar, he has significantly modified a Chapman Stick to a MIDI-capable instrument triggering MIDI from both bass and melody strings. He has named this the "Virtual Stick". "Big Bubbles No Troubles" – RCA PB 42089 – June 88 – # 59 UK "Bad Times" – RCA PB 42041 – August 88 "Where Did Tomorrow Go?"
– RCA PB42317 – November 1988 "Big Bubbles No Troubles" remix – RCA PB 42089 – February 89 – # 41 UK "Big Bubbles No Troubles" remix – RCA PB 42788 – April 1989 Homelands – RCA – 1988 The Lost Years Volume One – available from Nick Beggs website The Lost Years Volume Two – again, available from Nick Beggs website as of February 2010 Lifesigns – Esoteric Antenna – 2013 "Stick Insect", 2002 CD Stick Enterprises "The Maverick Helmsman", 2004 CD Stick Enterprises "The Darkness Inside Mens Hearts", 2014 Burning Shed: a compilation of the solo Chapman Stick pieces from his two albums, "Stick Insect" and "The Maverick Helmsman" with 2 newly recorded songs bookending the release. With Steve Hackett Out of the Tunnel's Mouth, 2009 Beyond the Shrouded Horizon, 2011 Live Rails, 2011 Genesis Revisited II, 2012With Steven Wilson Grace For Drowning, 2011 Catalog / Preserve / Amass, 2012 Get All You Deserve, 2012 The Raven that Refused to Sing, 2013 Drive Home, 2013 Hand. Cannot. Erase. 2015 41/2, 2016 To the Bone, 2017 Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, 2018With Lonely Robot Please Come Home, 2015With The Mute Gods Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (20
Iona was a progressive Celtic rock band from the United Kingdom, formed in the late 1980s by lead vocalist Joanne Hogg and multi-instrumentalists David Fitzgerald and Dave Bainbridge. Troy Donockley joined playing the uilleann pipes, low whistles, other instruments. By the time Iona released their first self-titled album in 1990, drummer Terl Bryant, bassist Nick Beggs, Fiona Davidson on Celtic harp, Peter Whitfield on strings, Troy Donockley on Uilleann pipes and percussionist Frank van Essen had joined the band; the first album Iona concentrated on the history of the island of Iona, from which the band got its name. Iona returned in 1992 with The Book of Kells, a concept album with several tracks based on pages from the eponymous book. Terl Bryant took over on drums and percussion for this album after the departure of Frank van Essen. Fitzgerald left the band that year to pursue a degree in music. Beyond These Shores, the band's third album, was released in 1993 and included guest musician Robert Fripp.
The album was loosely based on the legendary voyage of St. Brendan to the Americas before Christopher Columbus, but the band did not intend for it to be viewed as a "concept album". Journey into the Morn followed in 1995, a more accessible and rock-oriented album loosely based on the hymn "Be Thou My Vision", performed in Gaelic at the beginning of the album and again near the end. Máire Brennan, lead singer of Celtic/new-age band Clannad, was brought in to help Hogg with the Gaelic pronunciation, she sang backup vocals. Two live albums followed in the late 1990s: the double-disc Heaven's Bright Sun and Woven Cord, performed with the All Souls Orchestra. Terl Bryant departed the band between these two albums, Frank van Essen returned to fill the vacant spot, playing drums as well as violin, which could be heard on the band's 2000 album, Open Sky. After being released from their U. S. contract with ForeFront Records and their UK contract with Alliance Records, Iona formed Open Sky Records to release material independently.
The first new release on this label was the 2002 box set The River Flows, which featured their then-out-of-print first three albums, as well as a fourth disc of unreleased tracks and rarities called Dunes. The first three albums have since been re-released individually, with new cover art; the group has been in semi-hiatus for the better part of the current decade. However, 2006 saw the April release of a 2-disc live DVD Iona: Live in London, featuring a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix by LA's John Kellogg, a November release of a new studio CD entitled The Circling Hour. In June 2009 Troy Donockley announced. A message on his website stated: "I have had a wonderful time with my friends in Iona and am very proud of the albums we made together. But, as in all life, things change. After extended periods of no activity we have found ourselves with a different musical and philosophical direction. We have parted as great friends should, with a sad-happiness and I wish the band all the best wishes for the future".
Donockley is a member of punk/folk band The Bad Shepherds. He has played in Barbara Dickson's band for a number of years and is the band's Musical Director, he is on a world tour with Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, with whom he has made many guest appearances both live and on their albums over recent years, before joining them as a full-time member in October 2013. He has been replaced in Iona by woodwind player Martin Nolan. In June 2010, Iona went to the United States for their first tour there in nine years. On 19 June 2010, they played a well received concert at NEARfest, a progressive rock festival in Bethlehem and during this show they introduced new songs for a forthcoming album, Another Realm, released in 2011, their final album to date. After several concerts throughout the U. S. and one in Canada, they ended the tour at Cornerstone Festival, a Christian music festival in Illinois, on 30 June. On Dec. 11, 2016, the band announced on its Facebook page that it was suspending recording and touring as a group, citing other commitments.
"We do not know what will happen in future years, whether we will get together again as Iona," the band said. "The door will remain open, but for the foreseeable future, the next and exciting chapters of our journey will involve other avenues." Joanne Hogg – lead vocals, acoustic guitar Dave Bainbridge – lead guitar Martin Nolan – pipes, flutes Phil Barker – bass Frank van Essen – drums, violin Iona The Book of Kells Beyond These Shores Journey into the Morn Open Sky The Circling Hour Another Realm Heaven's Bright Sun Woven Cord Live in London Edge of the World: Live in Europe The River Flows: Anthology Various Artists - Songs for Luca Various Artists - Songs for Luca 2 Iona, DVD early live concert Live in London, DVD Official website Band biography