Summer Greetings

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Dear Friends, Greetings from a very rainy but warm Scotland! The rain is actually very welcome for a change as we have had some wonderful hot (yes hot!) summer days and enjoyed swimming in the sea of the Moray Firth. My eldest son Gavin (turning 7 in the coming days) recently sang his own ‘made-up’ selkie song and summoned 4 seals to shore, he was so pleased with himself he just sat, silently, slightly shocked that it had actually worked. Meanwhile, my younger son Ryan (age 4) enjoyed wild free climbing up the sand dunes of Culbin Sands, using large tress roots as ropes to haul himself to the height of the trees ….. Days grow longer, nights are warmer, all light is gathering strength …. as my summer song “Firelight” on the album Spirit sings … Wishing you all a wonderful summer time. I am in the middle of a work-based Early Years Practitioner course through the University of the Highlands and Islands as I have been working as the Assistant Teacher in our local steiner-inspired Drumduan School Kindergarten for one year. Meanwhile, I continue to sing at community events, the local Army and RAF bases, as well as highland weddings. In fact, my dear friend Vikki weds her Johnny this coming Saturday … we were cheeky teenagers together …. hard to believe we are meant to be all grown up now! Anyway, life continues to be as busy as ever both in mothering and teaching but as always, music continues to inspire and inform all of my passions and practices. With joy, x Iona  …… P.S. A great new country band called The Danberries recently came to our local Universal Hall from Nashville … I highly recommend you check them our on youtube or Spotify … sweet couple and sweet music with a message.

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About ionaleigh

"Iona Leigh is a modern storyteller of ancient folk tales, it sounds a bit like a princess singing in the time when knights were slaying dragons." It’s Iona Leigh’s voice – gorgeous and ethereal, dazzling in its command and elegance, which envelopes the listener in its luminous glow. Iona has an incredible talent for taking traditional Scottish Folk, Irish Folk, English Folk and American Folk material and fusing it with more contemporary pop influences to create something that is refreshing and unique. Iona's music could be best described as an unusual and exciting mixture of Seth Lakeman's addictive rhythms, Sheila Chandra stunning vocals and The Waifs textured harmonies.

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