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About Iona

Professional Singing Harpist
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After graduating university in 2011 Iona became a full time performer and within a year had won Sternberg Clarke's 'Next Big Thing' competition. Iona went on to perform at various events including the National Students TV Awards, Scarlet FM Awards and the Official Opening Event for the 2012 Olympic Games as well as having a resident performing spot at the Park Plaza Hotel Westminster. Iona then went on to tour with internationally with Laura Mvula between 2012 to 2016, with Karen Elson in 2017 and with Neneh Cherry in 2018 and now 2019. With these artists Iona has performed on various TV shows including Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Jools Holland, Jimmy Kimmel and The David Letterman show as well as on some of the world's biggest stages such as Glastonbury Main Stage, Coachella, The Nobel Peace Prize Concert, V Festival Main Stage, the O2 Arena and the Birmingham LG Arena. As well as touring with Laura Mvula, Neneh Cherry and Karen Elson, Iona has also done session work for such artists as Maxi Jazz, Tom Chaplin, Mr Jukes and Nakhane. Iona is now concentrating on her own path as a solo artist traveling Europe for various function gigs and writing her own original material. While Iona specialises in pop and contemporary covers she has also been classically trained making her set suitable for any occasion.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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Classical, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Welsh folk
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Audrey Hepburn - Mood River
Beyonce - Halo
Ben E King - Stand by Me
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Christina Perry - A thousand years
Due Lipa - Be the One
Cyndi Lauper - Girls just want to have fun
Desree - Kissing You
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis - I can't help falling in Love
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
John Denver - Annies Song
John Legend - All of me
Lana Del Ray - Video Games
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Louis Armstrong - What a wonderful World
Nina Simone - My baby just cares for me
Oasis - Wonderwall
Rihanna - Love the way you lie
Sixpence none the richer - Kiss Me
Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

That's fine. I will usually let you know if I have another booking on that same day or need to leave by a certain time. I know how events, specifically weddings can run a little late so I am happy to be flexible as long as I don't need to leave by a certain time to get to another gig.

How much time do you need to set up?

Depends on how many different locations i'm playing within the venue and how many people are attending, however I usually like to arrive to the venue about 2 hours before to set up and sound check. It takes anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour to set up.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes. The petrol expense includes the transport of my harp.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I have extension leads - as long as there is a socket within 15 metres of where I'm playing then that's fine.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course :)

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes - for every booking i'm happy to learn 1 song as long as it's playable on the lever harp. This more applies to wedding aisle songs and bookings that are made with more than 3 months notice.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£450
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£750


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David, 1 year ago

Iona played at a charity dinner at Cutlers' Hall in the City of London. Her music and vocal performance was outstanding in entering the members throughout the evening. David RH Hall Manager

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Katie M, 1 year ago

Dear Iona, Just wanted to say a massive thank you for Saturday. You were fantastic. We were so happy with how it all sounded. Particularly walking down the aisle to Norah Jones. It was divine. Thank you for helping to make our day so special. Katie and Simon

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Anishah S, 1 year ago

Good Morning Iona, Iona you rock! We are delighted by your immaculate services and appreciate your responsiveness and professionalism in ensuring the success of our wedding on the 12th of July. You blew everyone’s mind away. I couldn’t stop smiling when you started singing, you played so well and it was very incredible. Our guests had fabulous remarks about your performance. Thank you for adding a touch of class to our day. Be rest assured we will be sending some referrals your way. Much appreciated. Samuel & Anishah

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