Iona premiere video for new version of White Sands

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Celtic prog rockers Iona have released a video for a brand new version of the song White Sands. The brand new recording from guitarist Dave Bainbridge and bass player Nick Beggs.

"One of the things I'm most excited about is an extra CD in The Book Of Iona Box set , making 17 in total," Bainbridge tells Prog. "Entitled the Sound Of Iona, this cd features new, mainly instrumental, recordings of many Iona tunes, with contributions from absolutely all past members of the band, including Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Terl Bryant (John Paul Jones), Tim Harries (Bill Bruford's Earthworks), myself and of course Nick Beggs, who was in the band from 1990 until 1994. Nick featured on two Iona studio albums: The Book Of Kells and Beyond These Shores.

"This track is called White Sands and this new recording features Nick on Chapman Stick and me on keyboards. This was one of the first pieces I wrote for Iona and was on the band's self-titled debut album, released in 1990.

"Also guesting on 'The Sound of Iona' cd is my good friend and fantastic vocalist Sally Minnear (daughter of Gentle Giant's Kerry Minnear). With this cd, the aim is to capture the essential timeless elements and atmosphere of the Iona sound as first envisaged by myself and co-founder David Fitzgerald back in the late 1980's, but also to bring it up to date with current sounds and technology."

The 17-disc career-spanning The Book Of Iona will be released through Gonzo Multimedia on June 20.

Pre-order The Book Of Iona.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.