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In the years since the creation of the British Country Music Hall of Fame there have only been three ladies joining the illustrious ranks of heroes and legends, Sarah Jory, Bev Jackson and the late Sue McCarthy.
The list now extends to four with the induction of Iona Boggie from the heart of Welsh speaking Wales.
Born in the small village of Nantille, her singing started in the local chapel where her crystal clear vocals and diction meant she was always taking all the solos.
In her teens she started to play guitar to accompany herself on the growing number of bookings. While training to be a Primary School teacher at Bangor University she first met her soon to be husband, Scotsman Andy Boggie who was studying French. They started playing together in 1979 and married in 1980. Andy has become fluent in Welsh, both speaking and singing.
They travelled extensively all over the UK during the 1980s, clocking up over 35,000 miles some years.
Iona was a regular nominee for Best Female Country Artist and in 1987 they picked up the Best Duo award.
Iona¹s natural ability to speak Welsh and sing all the Country songs in Welsh led to a very long contract with Sain Records which in turn attracted the attention of the Welsh television channel S4C where she and Andy are regular performers.
Iona is the only Welsh artist to have sung at the Grand Ole Opry, the Bluebird Café and the Station Inn in Nashville in her native tongue.
For 15 years they ran the theatre based festival at the Cymru Theatre in Llandudno, having a long association with lots of visiting American Country stars.
As part of their involvement in County music, Iona has toured and also organised Country music themed trips to the USA, Canada, most of Europe and to places as diverse as North Africa and New Zealand ensuring that the Welsh brand of Country music was spread worldwide.
After 32 years on the road, Iona is still touring as the Iona & Andy Country duo.
A highlight this year was to perform on a Welsh television show with last year¹s British Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Albert Lee.
The duo¹s autobiography, Llwybrau Breuddwydion (Paths Of Dreams) was published in 2007 by Gwasg Gomer.

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