Clannad: Celtic Traditions Come To Ridgefield

by John A. Wilcox

I first embraced the music of Clannad back in 1985. I had picked up their album Macalla and was an instant convert. That blessed voice of Maire Brennan (now called Moya) and wonderful songs like Closer To Your Heart, Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn), and the traditional Buachaill On Eirne pulled me in and never let go. From that same album, they made a ripple on the radio with In A Lifetime - a duet with U2's Bono.

Clannad first came together in 1970. A joint effort of 2 families: the Brennans and the Duggans (Braonain and Dugain in their native tongue), the band was and is Moya Brennan, Ciaran Brennan, Pol Brennan, Noel Duggan, and Padraig Duggan. For a brief period in the early 80s, sibling Enya joined the fold before embarking on her hugely successful solo new age career.

After more than a decade of toiling, the band made its mark in the UK with the 1982 hit Theme From Harry's Game showcasing Moya's hauntingly beautiful voice. It was the first top 5 hit in England to be sung entirely in Gaelic. 2 years later, Robin (The Hooded Man) from the popular TV series Robin Of Sherwood brought them into uncounted households in the UK and into the charts once more. A string of powerful albums, singles, and tours followed in the coming years.

September of 2013 saw the release of Nadur (Gaelic for Nature) - the first studio release since 1998's Grammy winning Landmarks. Nadur finds the band in great form with Moya's voice as strong and pure as ever. They've taken to the road for a worldwide tour and Connecticut is favored with a rare appearance from this groundbreaking Celtic band. The show will feature a career-spanning set of songs from the earliest days to the current album. Make your way to the Ridgefield Playhouse and have your heart lifted by the music of Clannad!

Thursday, February 6, 8 PM
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877


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