Clannad, the Irish family group responsible for such timeless music as ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’, ‘In A Lifetime’, ‘I Will Find You’ and the soundtrack to the ‘Robin Of Sherwood’ TV series, make a long awaited return to New Zealand in October 2013 to mark their 40th Anniversary playing in Auckland and Wellington. It has been 18 years since the legendary Celtic folk heroes toured New Zealand
Ethereal and otherworldly, Clannad makes music to be transported by. Haunting ballads and virtuosic musicianship that conjures a captivating echo of Ireland past. Framed by Moya Brennan’s heavenly voice, their music carries the listener across oceans and aeons to a time when a proud culture was first born. Clannad’s groundbreaking fusion of traditional Celtic music with modern folk and rock needs almost no introduction, having created a genre almost to itself – a sound at the crest of the ‘world music’ wave that surged across the globe in the 80s and 90s.
Their trademark sound began to develop over the course of the first six albums. Taking near forgotten traditional Irish songs, often in their native Gaelic language, bringing new arrangements to them, and creating a unique vocal harmony sound. Throughout this period they toured extensively across Europe. Towards the end of the seventies they recruited their younger sister in on piano and harmony vocals. She worked on two albums and several tours with them before going on to establish her own highly successful solo career as Enya.
“It’s hard to go wrong with Clannad… The gorgeous melodies, celestial harmonies, and ancient spirituality remain resplendent throughout.”- Austin Chronicle
“Moya Brennan has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced.” - Bono
Now, after over four decades, 18 albums, 15 million record sales and a slew of industry awards to their name, Grammy Award winning Clannad finally return to New Zealand with a new tour and CD.