Rising from the cooling embers of the extraordinary band, Iona, is Celestial Fire. They are a progressive rock band, and they just released a dvd/2cd set called, “Live in the UK.”
In studio or live, Celestial Fire exhibits high-level musicianship and intricate songwriting.
Celestial Fire is…
Dave Bainbridge (guitars, keyboards, bouzouki, percussion, vocal) Dave was one of the driving creative forces behind Iona. He’s brought his heart and soul to this project.
Sally Minnear (lead vocals, vocal looping, acoustic guitar, percussion) Daughter of multi-instrumentalist Kerry Minnear of Gentle Giant. Sally toured as the featured vocalist in Michael Flatleyʼs “Lord of the Dance.”
Frank Van Essen (drums, percussion, violin, vocals) Just about the time you realize this a really good drummer, Frank has grabbed a violin and plays it like it’s his primary instrument.
Simon Fitzpatrick (basses, Chapman Stick, Moog bass) Type in this guy’s name at YouTube. He single-handedly covers Roundabout by Yes, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. As a bass player, Fitzpatrick sets the pocket when needed, and colors the lines when appropriate.
Dave Brons (guitars, mandolin, vocals) A gifted musician tuned to the mood of this band.
The dvd/2cd set features a lot of new material, some Iona material (including “Today”), and even a cover or two. My only wish is that they would have performed live (for the dvd) their composition “For Such a Time as This.” Fortunately, the studio version is included.
Check out their website to learn more or to get their music.