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Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Hi Everyone,

The band is really looking forward to the next run of UK dates, which are only two weeks away now. We hope you can make it along if you're in striking distance. There is still time to pre-order tickets, but there should also be some available on the night at each venue. The audiences at the recent German gigs were hugely enthusiastic and the band is sounding as good as ever. With so much material to choose from, the band have been varying the set slightly each night, which has been great fun. Three more UK dates will be announced soon for September / October.

NB the first gig on this list in York is not a full band gig, but a chance to hear Dave and Martin up close in an intimate cafe style venue in their first ever duo gig together - but there'll still be plenty of rockin' and reelin' and atmospheric Iona-ness!

Things are pretty busy in the Iona office, but once we have time to catch our breath, after all the preparations for the upcoming UK, USA and Estonia tours are completed we'll hopefully bring you another enewsletter!

Wednesday 30th
- An Evening with Dave Bainbridge and Martin Nolan of IONA Spurrier Gate, Spurriergate, York, YO1 9QR, UK
Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £10 available from http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/ Info http://www.thespurriergatecentre.com/
Thursday 31st - Beverley Memorial Hall, 73-75 Lairgate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8HN, UK
Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £14.00 (£10 student/unwaged) from http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/

Friday 1st
- Chaplaincy Centre, Lancaster University, Bowland Ave E, Lancaster , Lancashire LA1 4YW, UK
Doors 6.30pm for 7.00pm start Tickets from http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/
Saturday 2nd - The Big Church Day Out, Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3DZ, UK
Two sets 5.20pm to 5.55pm and 8pm to 9pm at The Oasis Tea Tent. For tickets / details go to http://www.bigchurchdayout.com/
Sunday 3rd - The Stables Theatre, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, MK17 8LU, UK
7.30pm start. Website: http://www.stables.org/ Box Office - 01908 280800, Email: stables@stables.org
Friday 8th - Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, 26 College Green, Belfast, BT7 1LN, N. Ireland, UK
8:00pm Doors: 7pm Tickets: £12.50 Tel 028 9023 5075 http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/
Saturday, 9th June, 7pm - St Patrick's Church, 50 Brook St, Coleraine, Northern Ireland - www.stpats.co.uk/
028 7034 4213 Tickets available from Church office and Ground Coffee Shops and http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/

Thursday 13th
- Bush Hall, London, UK tickets £16.00 from http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/
Friday 14th - Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room, Cheltenham, UK tickets £15.00 from http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/
Sunday 16th - The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton SO17 3SD, UK
tickets available very soon from http://www.the-brook.com/ (023) 8055 5366 and http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/

Thursday 4th
- The Leeds Irish Centre, York Road, Leeds, LS9 9NT, UK
7:30pm Tickets: £15.00 adv / £17 door http://www.christiantickets.co.uk/
Sunday 7th - The Robin, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, W. Midlands WV14 7LJ, UK
TICKETS FROM www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=2955
Photo by JD Lerber, Switzerland, March 2012

Debbie (Iona / Open Sky Records office)
http://www.iona.uk.com/ www.facebook.com/ionaband

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