IONA has been at the forefront of the Celtic Music revival since the band’s inception in 1986. Founded by Barbara Tresidder Ryan and Bernard Argent, IONA has evolved over the past 20 years into what is probably the most comprehensive pan Celtic band in the world. IONA’s mission: to present the rich musical elements of all the Celtic cultures — Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Manx, Cornish, Breton, Asturian and Galician, blending them into a tapestry that resolves in the New World, as evidenced in Appalachian, Cape Breton and Cajun cultures.
“This is the real stuff as far as Celtic goes, and these are authentic, versed musicians…The members of IONA look to be story tellers, song collectors (and) explorers. A trip to IONA is a fascinating journey.” Music Monthly Regional Review of Branching Out by Kyf Brewer