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GONZO WEEKLY #106: Jon meets Dave Bainbridge

Dave Bainbridge is best known as one of the founder members of Celtic Rock band Iona, of which he has been the mainstay since its formation in the late eighties.

As a solo artist Dave Bainbridge is a relative newcomer, only taking the plunge when Iona had a sabbatical in the early noughties.   This break was due to the band's vocalist taking time out to concentrate on her family.

In late 2003 Dave wrote and recorded his debut solo album ‘A Veil Of Gossamer’. The album was critically well received and this encouraged Dave to begin work on another album.  This will be completed as soon as there is a gap in the now reconstituted Iona's schedule.

In the meantime Dave has formed a working partnership with Troy Donockley, also of Iona.  The duo has made two albums and a live DVD recorded at Lincoln Cathedral. They also toured Japan in late 2004, performing a mixture of their own solo material alongside traditional and newer songs, plus selected items from Iona's vast back catalogue.

Dave, using the very 21st Century business of Crowdfunding, has just released a remarkable new album – Celestial Fire – and he was kind enough to send me a copy.  I listened to it late one night with what my ever useful amanuensis calls an expanded mind…..and bloody hell it’s good.

I wanted to know more about Dave and his creative process so I gave him a ring.


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