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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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6392 013 Clannad - Clannad album art Clannad Clannad (Album) Philips 6392 013 Ireland 1973 Sell This Version
CEF 041 Clannad - Clannad 2 album art Clannad Clannad 2 (Album) Gael-Linn CEF 041 Ireland 1974 Sell This Version
CEF 058 Clannad - Dúlamán album art Clannad Dúlamán (Album) Gael-Linn CEF 058 Ireland 1976 Sell This Version
BLB 5001 Clannad - In Concert album art Clannad In Concert (Album) Intercord BLB 5001 US 1978 Sell This Version
TARA 3007, Tara 3007 Clannad - Crann Ull album art Clannad Crann Ull (Album) Tara, Tara TARA 3007, Tara 3007 UK & Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
4TA 3008 Clannad - Fuaim album art Clannad Fuaim (Album) Tara 4TA 3008 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
RCALP 6072, PL 25462 Clannad - Magical Ring album art Clannad Magical Ring (Album) RCA RCALP 6072, PL 25462 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Tara 3012, 4TA 3012 Clannad - Legend album art Clannad Legend (Album) RCA Tara 3012, 4TA 3012 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
NFL1-8063 Clannad - Macalla album art Clannad Macalla (Album) Tara NFL1-8063 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
pk71513 Clannad - Sirius album art Clannad Sirius (Album) RCA pk71513 Portugal 1987 Sell This Version
CN 5199/S Clannad - On Stage album art 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 art Clannad Atlantic Realm (Album) BBC Records ZCF 727 UK 1989 Sell This Version
PK 74328 Clannad - The Angel And The Soldier Boy album art Clannad The Angel And The Soldier Boy (Album) RCA PK 74328 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
PK 74762 Clannad - Anam album art Clannad Anam (Album) RCA PK 74762 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
KCD 355 Clannad - Themes album art Clannad Themes (Comp, Album) K-Tel Ireland Ltd. KCD 355 Ireland 1992 Sell This Version
CD 82503 Clannad - Banba album art Clannad Banba (Album) RCA, BMG CD 82503 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
A2 82753 Clannad - Lore album art Clannad Lore (Album) RCA, BMG A2 82753 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
83083-4 Clannad - Landmarks album art Clannad Landmarks (Album) BMG, RCA 83083-4 US 1997 Sell This Version
74321560074 Clannad - Landmarks album art Clannad Landmarks(Cass, Album) BMG Music 74321560074 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
MDMCD006 Clannad - Live In Concert album art Clannad Live In Concert Koch Records MDMCD006 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
EUCD 2441, EUCD2441 Clannad - Christ Church Cathedral album art Clannad Christ Church Cathedral (Album) ARC Music, ARC Music EUCD 2441, EUCD2441 2013 Sell This Version
EUCD 2471 Clannad - Nádúr album art Clannad Nádúr (Album) ARC Music EUCD 2471 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
02091 2LP Clannad - Turas 1980 - Live In Bremen album art Clannad Turas 1980 - Live In Bremen (Album) MIG 02091 2LP Germany 2018 Sell This Version