St Patrick’s Coleraine hosts IONA on the feast of Columba

Thursday May 31st 2012

IONA.On Saturday June 9 St Patrick’s Church, Coleraine, will be hosting the renowned Christian band IONA on a rare visit to Northern Ireland.

With the doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm concert start, tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available online from or from St. Patrick’s Parish Office, tel: 028 7034 4213.

Taking their name from the small island off the west coast of Scotland, the stirring sounds of IONA are inspired by the great figures of the Celtic Golden Age such as Columba.

On this auspicious day, named after that great Saint, their timeless sound will span the centuries on the site of the place where he stopped to visit with the Bishop of Coleraine on his way home from a convention. During his visit, the local people brought offerings of food which St. Columba blessed and these would have been eaten during a feast held in his honour.

Uniquely combining rock / folk / progressive / ethnic and ambient elements with the crystalline voice of Joanne Hogg as their focus, IONA create ‘a blaze of colours and textures…all the sounds fusing into a single, yearning, heartfelt beautiful cry.’

All are welcome to come along and be prepared to be lost in the mists of time with IONA and their spiritual, atmospheric, yet uplifting, music filled with melody and passion.

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