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David Fitzgerald

Celtic Music

“Dave Fitzgerald (born February 1951) is a woodwind player who plays saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor), flutes, whistles and clarinet. With Dave Bainbridge he co-founded the influential Christian progressive and Celtic folk themed band Iona. He now concentrates on Christian liturgical music, teaching his subject at Norwich Cathedral School and elsewhere.”


See also Iona


1995 Columcille ICC Records
1997 Lux Aeterna ICC Records
1998 Eye of the Eagle (with Dave Bainbridge) Kingsway Music
1999 Light Eternal ICC Records


1995 ICC Records

Dave Fitzgerald - Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Flutes, Assorted Woodwind
Tim Oliver - Keyboards
Tim Brown - Counter Tenor, Vocals
Vanessa Freeman - Vocals (on Were You There)
Claire Tomlin - Soprano, Vocals (on The Dream & When I Survey)
Martin Neil - Percussion
Dave Clifton - Assorted Guitars

  1. Veni Creator (3:24)
  2. Veni Veni Emmanuel (6:54)
  3. The Lark Ascending (3:54)
  4. Sea Of Glass (4:09)
  5. In Paradisum (4:50)
  6. Were You There (4:51)
  7. The Dream (8:25)
  8. Beata Viscera (5:35)
  9. Columcille: Dove Of The Church (2:47)
  10. When I Survey (2:55)

Lux Aeterna

1997 ICC Records

Dave Fitzgerald - Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Flutes, Assorted Woodwind
Adrian Snell - Vocals
Claire Tomlin - Soprano on Steal Away and Agnus Dei; and voice on Peace Be With You.
Joanne Hogg - Soprano 2 on Agnus Dei
Tim Oliver - Keyboards
Nick Beggs - Chapman Stick
Neil Costello - Guitars
Martin Neil - Percussion
Vanessa Freeman - Voice
Sarah Fitzgerald - Child's voice
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir - Choir
Mervyn Cousins - Choir director
Scott Farrell - Cathedral organ

  1. Ave Verum Corpus
  2. Light
  3. Christchild
  4. Transfiguration
  5. Sanctus
  6. Golgotha
  7. Steal Away
  8. Resurrection
  9. Peace Be With You
  10. Light - Vocal Reprise
  11. Agnus Dei
  12. Only Jesus

“David Fitgerald is known throughout the Christian music industry as being probably the best horn player bar none, and also carries with him a reputation as something of a Renaissance Man, keen to talk the finer points of church history, classical music or ethnic cultures. A work like this one which strives to integrate among several other things some Byzantine history and the choral tradition into a contemporary album sounded simply like it would be too heavy weight and even news that Mr Fitzgerald was getting many of Britain's top CCM players in to play on it couldn't shake the conviction that it would be way over the head of Joe Punter. Then we finally heard it. We were blown away. Completely bowled over. From the first haunting notes of “Ave Verum Corpus” to the closing strains of Adrian Snell's “Only Jesus”, this magnificent piece of art, works on both the aesthetic level and as a work which will surely lead many into meditative worship. Our nomination for one of the thrilling musical moments of the year is when David soars sublimely over that angel-voiced Cambridge chorister. A master work.

David Fitgerald and his bandmates in Iona as well as a few other artists have the vision to produce music that invokes the listener to harken back to another time in human history, by painting pictures with their musical instruments. If you are a fan of celtic music like Iona, Clannad, Enya or Jeff Johnson, this CD is for you!”

(Dead Parrot Records description:

“This is the second solo album from flute and saxophone player Dave Fitzgerald who was a founding member of Iona. Recorded partly in the studio, and partly in the St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, England, Lux Aeterna covers a number of themes, including the Crucifixion in the chilling “Golgotha”; the Resurrection, and of course, the meaning of 'Light'. The album contains numerous instrumentals, but several tracks include vocals. Guest appearances include Adrian Snell, Claire Tomlin (Monteverdi Choir, Ex Cathedra choir), Joanne Hogg (lead singer of Iona), Nick Beggs (ex Iona and Kajagoogoo) and the St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir.”


Eye of the Eagle

1998 Kingsway Music

Dave Bainbridge - Keyboards, Piano, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bouzouki, Star Bells, Indian Bells, Vocal and Choral arrangements
Dave Fitzgerald - Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones, Flute, Chinese Flutes, Irish Whistles, Flageolet
Máire Brennan - Vocals
Shona MacDonnald - Vocals
Scott Farrell - St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Organ
St. Edmundsbury Boys Choir - Choir
David Adam - Poetry and Narration (on the narrated version only)

  1. Open My Eyes (6:14)
  2. Fire And Water (4:03)
  3. Hymn Of The Universe (8:32)
  4. Though The Dawn Breaks (4:18)
  5. Upon A Path Of Light (2:11)
  6. A Further Shore (4:54)
  7. I Arise Today (Through The Strength Of Heaven) (2:34)
  8. The Lightener Of The Stars (3:59)
  9. On The Wings Of The Morning (5:45)
  10. King Of Moon, Sun And Stars (7:19)
  11. Caim (1:59)
  12. A World Within A World (10:52)

“Renowned flute and saxophone player Dave Fitzgerald was a founding member of Iona, but left to pursue classical music studies. After completing his master's degree in music he began recording collaborative projects with fellow musicians, revealing his love of the liturgical tradition. Teaming up with fellow ex-Iona member Dave Bainbridge (guitar, keyboard), and using wind and reed instruments as voices, together they provide a meditative backdrop for the reading of poetry by Anglican Canon Dave Adam. The theme of Adam's work, rooted in Celtic spirituality, is awareness of God's presence in the mundane affairs of everyday life.”


Light Eternal

1999 ICC Records

Dave Fitzgerald - Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Flutes, Assorted Woodwind

  1. Veni Veni - O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  2. Light
  3. Christchild
  4. Only Jesus
  5. The Dream
  6. Light - Vocal Response
  7. Golgotha
  8. Steal Away
  9. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
  10. The Lark Ascending
  11. Peace Be With You