Iona Thomas is a London based Singing Harpist from Wales. While specialising in pop and contemporary music, Iona has also been classically trained making her set suitable for any occasion.
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Iona Thomas is a London based Singing Harpist from Carmarthenshire, Wales who has gone on to become one of the UKs top unsigned cover artists. Iona has had a love for music from a young age, taking up the harp aged 7. She spent her teenage years taking part in various performances both as a soloist and as a member of various choirs and ensembles, as well as competing in competitions including the Welsh National Eisteddfod and the Young Ensemble of Dyfed. On starting university in 2008 , Iona began to pursue her ambition to become a musician by working as a semi professional singer in various pubs, clubs and events in Leicestershire.
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.
In late 2012 Iona was invited to join artist Laura Mvula's band as a harpist/backing vocalist. From 2012 to 2016 Iona toured internationally with Laura where she performed on TV shows including Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Jools Holland Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late 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.
Iona is now concentrating on her own path as a solo artist, once again performing a resident gig at the Park Plaza Westminster and Park Plaza Southbank as well as traveling the UK 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.
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I was invited to perform at a wedding in a little rural village in Luca, Italy a few years ago. The drive to the venue which was at the top of a hill in the Italian countryside overlooking some beautiful scenery, combined with the sun was so beautiful.
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Traditional, Original, Unique, Exciting, Cherry on the cake! :)
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I guess the fact that I am following my passion in being a performer!
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Book in advance if you can! I've had people ask if they can book up to 3 years in advance before!
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I think Bjork is great - She was one of the first females to write and produce her own music on a big scale - also I like the use of harp in her music!