Clannad

Clannad

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Irish family group, started as folk/folk-rock/folk fusion in the early 70s, but with their 1982 album, moved to an unusual style of folk-based music typically involves much use of synthesisers and electronic production techniques. Fronted by Maire Ni Bhraonain AKA Maire Brennan, who recreated her vocals from "Theme From Harry's Game" for Chicane's hit "Saltwater".

'Theme From Harry's Game' was released in the winter of 1982. Radio programmers and audiences were captivated by the dense harmonies and the Gaelic words. It leapt into the Top five in the UK charts. The 'Magical Ring' album followed in 1983, and by now brothers Pol and Ciaran were writing evocative and powerful music. This was furthered on 'Legend' a soundtrack commissioned for the television series, 'Robin Of Sherwood' in 1984. During this period, the band received numerous awards including an Ivor Novello and a BAFTA for their ground-breaking work on this album.

This primed the band for one of their most mesmeric records. 'Macalla', released in 1985, featured more electronic arrangements, while Maire's voice was reaching the extremes of joy and melancholy. A chance remark to their friends in U2 resulted in Bono singing a duet with Maire on the track 'In A Lifetime'. This charted twice, in 1986 and again in 1989. The follow-up, 'Sirius' was completed in Los Angeles with some of the city's most famous musicians, as the Clannad sound took another unscripted change.

'PastPresent', released in 1989 brought the music of Clannad to an even bigger audience. Summarising their first four RCA albums it became a much-loved fixture in the UK chart eventually going Top 5. The BBC had obviously noted the huge success of the soundtrack to Robin and commissioned a project that would become the outstanding album 'Atlantic Realm'. This was followed in the same year by Clannad's first soundtrack work on an animation, 'Angel And The Soldier Boy'.

Maire, Padraig and Noel were writing more now, supplementing Ciaran's work. The latter was also honing his skills as a producer. Their 'Anam' album made the top 20 in 1990. 'Theme From Harry's Game' featured on the 1992 film Patriot Games, featuring Harrison Ford, raising the band's profile again in America. The band's music was increasingly in demand for soundtrack work, appearing on Last Of The Mohicans, (1992) and Message In A Bottle (1999).
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Clannad Discography

Albums

Clannad Clannad (Album) Philips Canada 1973 Sell This Version
Clannad Clannad 2 (Album) Gael-Linn France 1975 Sell This Version
Clannad Dúlamán (Album) Gael-Linn Ireland 1976 Sell This Version
Clannad In Concert (Album) Intercord Ireland 1978 Sell This Version
Clannad Crann Ull (Album) Tara, Tara UK & Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
Clannad Fuaim (Album) Tara UK 1982 Sell This Version
Clannad Magical Ring (Album) Tara UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Clannad Legend (Album) RCA Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
Clannad Macalla (Album) Tara Europe 1985 Sell This Version
Clannad Sirius (Album) RCA UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
CN 5199/S Elmer Bernstein With Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra / Clannad Elmer Bernstein With Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra / Clannad - On Stage(2xLP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5199/S UK 1988 Sell This Version
Clannad Atlantic Realm (Album) BBC Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Clannad Anam (Album) RCA UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Clannad Banba (Album) Atlantic Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Clannad The Angel And The Soldier Boy (Album) RCA, BMG UK 1989 Sell This Version
Clannad Lore (Album) Atlantic Japan 1995 Sell This Version
Clannad Landmarks (Album) Atlantic US 1997 Sell This Version
Clannad Live In Concert Koch Records Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Clannad Nádúr (Album) ARC Music UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
EUCD 2441, EUCD2441 Clannad Christ Church Cathedral(CD, Album) ARC Music, ARC Music EUCD 2441, EUCD2441 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CES.022 Clannad / Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Agus Donal Lunny Clannad / Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Agus Donal Lunny - An Bealach Seo 'Tá Romham / Faoileán(7", Single) Gael-Linn CES.022 Ireland 1975 Sell This Version
BB 105 Clannad Down By The Sally Gardens(7") Ogham BB 105 Ireland 1978 Sell This Version
TS 009 Clannad Mhorag 's Na Horo Gheallaidh(7", Single) Tara TS 009 Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
Clannad Theme From Harry's Game (Single, Maxi) RCA, RCA Australia 1982 Sell This Version
RCA 340, PB 68064 Clannad Newgrange(7") RCA, RCA RCA 340, PB 68064 UK 1983 Sell This Version