After huge success and two sold out shows in 2013 Clannad returns to Poland!
Live Nation i Klub Stodoła present:
Clannad will play 4 concerts in Poland:
28.01.2014, Zabrze, Dom Muzyki i Tańca
29.01.2014, Poznań, MTP – Sala Ziemi
30.01.2014, Warszawa, Klub Stodoła
31.01.2014, Warszawa, Klub Stodoła
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 sound track to the ‘Robin Of Sherwood’ TV series, celebrate their 40th career anniversary in 2013.
In a career spanning four decades, Clannad have made music that entwines the traditional and the modern, the past and the future. With their haunting songs, mesmerizing vocals, and captivating sound the group has sold over 15 million records worldwide.
Comprised of siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan, along with their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan, the band began life performing in the family owned tavern in a remote part of North West Ireland. After winning an established folk competition of which the prize was a record deal with Phillips, they decided to go at it full time. Their self titled debut album, Clannad, was released in 1973.
Their trademark sound began to develop over the course of these 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.The band had gradually been adding more original compositions to their records as well as introducing modern synthesized sounds into their traditional arrangements. Their distinctive blend of sounds led to them being commissioned to compose a theme for the ITV drama Harry’s Game. Public reaction to the song was instantaneous and the band were called back from their tour of Germany to appear on Top Of The Pops. This was a cause for national celebration at home and especially in their home county of Donegal. This was significantly, the first, (and only time), a gaelic language song had been a hit in the UK charts. The song also earned them an Ivor Novello Award. Signed now to a major UK record label, they released the accompanying album Magical Ring to critical acclaim in 1983.
Following the success of this album they were approached to write a theme song for an upcoming TV series about one of one of England’s most legendary characters, Robin Hood. As work on this progressed, it turned out to be much more than a song. Clannad ended up composing all of the music for the entire three series of Robin Of Sherwood. The show was a huge success at the time in the UK and is still on constant repeat in many countries across the World. The band became synonymous with the series and the mere mention of the show today will have most people humming the familiar refrain of the hit theme tune ‘Robin (The Hooded Man)’. The band were also awarded with a BAFTA award for Best Original Television Music.The band regrouped in Dublin to work on their next album ‘Macalla’. During a break in recording one evening the band retired to the nearby pub for some refreshment. There they happened to bump into another regular, Bono. Having just released ‘The Unforgettable Fire’, U2 were, by this stage, well on their way to being the global phenomenon they are. Bono had been an enthusiastic supporter of the band since hearing Harry’s Game on the radio, describing it as ‘the sound of angels’. U2 even adopted the track as the music they would walk onstage to in their live shows, a feature that was shown in their highly successful TV and DVD concert film ‘Under A Blood Red Sky’.
After a pint and a chat, Bono was keen to come back to the studio with them to listen to what they were working on. They had just begun on a new song and were still working on ideas for the verses. Over the next few hours the idea began to emerge of Bono duetting on the song with Moya. The next evening they all met up again in the studio, with newly written lyrics, and recorded ‘In A Lifetime’. The song had a rockier edge than a lot of their previous material but still featured the ethereal vocal style they had made their own. Bono performed, what many would argue, one of his greatest ever vocal recordings. The song went on to become a huge radio hit across the world and still sounds as fresh today as it did then.Tickets at the prices of:
• Dom Muzyki i Tańca, Zabrze: 149 PLN, 129 PLN, 109 PLN
• MTP, Sala Ziemi, Poznań: 149 PLN, 129 PLN
• Klub Stodoła, Warszawa: 149 PLN, 129 PLN
Artist website: www.clannad.ie