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).

Clannad Discography


ITB 4016 Clannad Clannad (Album) Philips ITB 4016 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
ESP 155 523 Clannad Clannad 2 (Album) Gael-Linn ESP 155 523 France 1975 Sell This Version
CEF.058 Clannad Dúlamán (Album) Gael-Linn CEF.058 Ireland 1976 Sell This Version
CBLB 5001 Clannad In Concert (Album) Intercord CBLB 5001 Ireland 1978 Sell This Version
4TA 3007 Clannad Crann Ull (Album) Tara, Tara 4TA 3007 UK & Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
COOKC 035 Clannad Fuaim (Album) Tara COOKC 035 UK 1982 Sell This Version
PK 70003 Clannad Magical Ring (Album) Tara PK 70003 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Tara 3012 Clannad Legend (Album) RCA Tara 3012 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
PL 70894 Clannad Macalla (Album) Tara PL 70894 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
PL 71513, PL 71 513 Clannad Sirius (Album) RCA PL 71513, PL 71 513 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
ZCF 727 Clannad Atlantic Realm (Album) BBC Records ZCF 727 UK 1989 Sell This Version
PK 74762 Clannad Anam (Album) RCA PK 74762 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
CD 82503 Clannad Banba (Album) Atlantic CD 82503 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
PD 74328 Clannad The Angel And The Soldier Boy (Album) RCA, BMG PD 74328 UK 1989 Sell This Version
BVCZ-1046-47 Clannad Lore (Album) Atlantic BVCZ-1046-47 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
83083-2P Clannad Landmarks (Album) Atlantic 83083-2P US 1997 Sell This Version
MDMCD006 Clannad Live In Concert Koch Records MDMCD006 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
EUCD 2471 Clannad Nádúr (Album) ARC Music EUCD 2471 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

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
RCA 292 Clannad Theme From Harry's Game (Single, Maxi) RCA, RCA RCA 292 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
RCA 340, PB 68064 Clannad Newgrange(7") RCA, RCA RCA 340, PB 68064 UK 1983 Sell This Version
RCA 325, PB 68053 Clannad I See Red(7", Single) RCA, RCA RCA 325, PB 68053 UK 1983 Sell This Version