ION, the brainchild of Duncan Patterson (also known for his involvement in ANTIMATTER and ANATHEMA), have inked a deal with Portugal's Equilibrium Music. The group's debut album, "Madre, Protégenos", will be released later in the year.

Formed in 2005, ION is primarily a solo project, although a number of guest musicians are involved in this new venture by the Ireland-based musician, which explores a more acoustic and organic side to his composition.

"Ion" is the Gaelic word for 'pure," and the music and lyrics reflect that purity.With folk, classical, ambient and celtic influences, Patterson regresses deep into his roots including a version of Irish emigrant classic "Goodbye Johnny Dear", which was penned by his great-grandfather, Johnny Patterson, in the 1800s.


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