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Frank van Essen

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Name  Frank Essen
Music group  Iona
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Albums  Another Realm, Iona, Beyond These Shores, Woven Cord, Open Sky
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Frank van Essen is a drummer and violinist who plays in Celtic folk themed band Iona.


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Born in the Netherlands in 1967 and from a musical family. He took up drumming at the age of 15. Married with Marlou.

Musical career

Frank's first band was called Judah. He joined Dutch worship band Ronduit Praise Band.

Frank has been a session and live musician with numerous artists who include Margaret Becker, Rick Cua, Marcel McArthur, Jessy Dixon, Billy and Sarah Gaines, Joanne Hogg, Susan Ashton, Timothy Boyd, Julie and Buddy Miller, Nina Astrom, Adrian Snell, Chris Eaton, Ralph van Manen, Dave Fitzgerald and Barry & Batya Segal.

Van Essen in 1989 met Dave Bainbridge who was touring with Adrian Snell's The Passion. He eventually joined Iona in 1990. He left for a time later in the 1990s but returned regularly to add his music to the band's live and studio work. He eventually rejoined on a more permanent basis for the recording of Woven Cord.

Solo recording

  • Heer hier ben ik (1987)
  • De Heer Regeert (1989)
  • Opwekking (1994–present) annually issued CD
  • Classic Gospel Festival (1997–present) - 2 live & 1 studio CD
  • Bouw Uw Troon (1997–present) four unknown Dutch worship releases - with his wife Marlou
  • Immanuel (2002)
  • with Iona

    see Iona for a list of their recordings

    with Ronduit Praise band

  • Eight unknown live & studio CDs (1991-1999)
  • Songs

    Dancing on the Wall
    I Will Give My Love an Apple
    Burning Like Fire
    Sky Maps
    Beyond These Shores
    Heaven's Bright Sun
    Castlerigg / Reels
    Edge of the World
    Wave After Wave
    Flight of the Wild Goose
    Matthew: The Man
    The Ancient Wells
    And the Angels Dance
    An Atmosphere of Miracles
    Luke: The Calf
    John: The Eagle
    Divine Presence
    Let the Waters Flow
    Friendship's Door
    Factory of Magnificent Souls
    Children of Time
    Bi-Se I Mo Shuil - Part 2
    Kells Opening Theme
    Murlough Bay
    Vision of Naran
    Wind Off the Lake
    Empyrean Dawn
    Eternity: No Beginning - No End
    Trinity: The Godhead


    Frank van Essen Wikipedia

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