We are very privileged to have included Cindy L Spear's powerful and emotive poem, The Celtic World Revisitied, with its backing track by Iona, in our Beltane 2009 Holiday Special, SP11.
Cindy L Spear (formerly known as Cindy Spear Polley) is an accomplished professional poet and song lyricist originally from New Brunswick, Canada, but now living in Victoria Australia. She is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a degree in English Literature. She has two poetry books Favoured By Romance published in 1980 (by Fiddlehead Poetry Books) and Awakened in 1995.
Cindy has had a number of articles, poems and photos published in a variety of literary journals, including the award winning “New Brunswick Reader”. One of her articles with photos and poems “Singing the Songs of Ireland” was the cover story (Jan. 1996) of the New Brunswick Reader and received much international attention. In it she tells of her travels to Ireland, “A journey into the heart of her ancestors and into the heart of a good friend.” This good friend is Irish singer, Joanne Hogg, of the Celtic Rock band IONA with whom Cindy has co-written two recorded songs, Inside My Heart (a renowned favourite) and Journey Into The Morn (of which became the title track of their fourth album). This album to date is Iona’s best selling CD. It was released by EMI Music Canada (1996), Forefront (EMI) in the USA and Alliance Music in the UK. It has been distributed and received critical acclaim all over the world. Guest artists on the album are Maire Brennan of Clannad and Robert Fripp of King Crimson.
Journey Into The Morn was voted as one of "Q" Magazine's (UK) top 50 albums of 1996 and one of "Q" Magazine's top 5 folk albums of 1996. Also, voted as of one of BillBoard’s (USA) top favourites as well.
Cindy has 2 books of poetry available and has composed on 2 albums by Iona.