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Live, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. ThÍos Chois Na Trá Domh (3:58)
2. Dtigeas A Damhsa (1:35)
3. Crann Ull (3:39)
4. Na BuachaIllí A'Lainn (2:57)
5. Eleanor Plunkett (3:07)
6. Mhaire Bruineall (1:19)
7. Buachaill Ón Éirne (3:30)
8. Newgrange (5:23)
9. Éirigh Is Cuir Ort Do Chuid Éadaigh (3:59)
10. Mhorag's Na Horó Gheallaidh (2:05)
11. Robin Of Sherwood (Medley From The TV Series) (6:21) :
- a. Robin (The Hooded Man)
- b. Ancient Forest
- c. Lady Marian/Action
13. In A Lifetime (3:39)
14. I Will Find You (4:34)
15. Theme From Harry's Game (3:01)
16. Dúlamán (7:14)
17. Down By The Sally Gardens (5:18)
18. Nil Se Ina La (5:59)
19. Teidhir Abhaile Riu (4:11)

Total Time 71:49

Line-up / Musicians

Band: Ciaran Brennan, Moya Brennan, Paul Brennan, Noel Duggan, Padraig Duggan

- Miriam Blennerhassett / vocals
- Maire Breatnach / viola, violin, backing vocals
- Owen Clarke / vocals
- Ian Curran / vocals
- Eamonn de Barra / keyboards
- Elaine Donnolly / vocals
- Alice Gildea / vocals
- Aimee Gray / vocals
- Robbie Harris / percussion
- Jane Hughes / cello
- Daniel Macmanus / vocals
- Sinead Madden / violin, backing vocals
- Eunan McDonald / soloist
- Regina McDonald / vocals
- Rory Musgrave / vocals
- Garrath Patterson / vocals
- Shane Sugrue / vocals
- Rachel Thompson / vocals
- Victoria Warwick / vocals
- Rebecca Winkworth / vocals

Releases information

CD ARC Music EUCD2441 (2013)

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Review by octopus-4
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4 stars It's a live album but it could be intended as the Clannad's definitive compilation. All the phases of their career are represented and the choice of the songs is I think the best possible. It seems that the time isn't passed for the band as they sound as fresh and clean as more than 30 years ago. So clean that if it wasn't for the applause at the end of each song I couldn't imagine that it's a live.

All their periods I was saying. Yes, but listening to the classics like Crann Ull or Eleanor Plunkett is like listening to new songs because the production is better than on some of the old albums. Thanks to the technology. Of course they play almost in the same way as before. The recording is really improved.

The only song which sounds very different is their biggest hit "In A Lifetime". Before this song I never thought that I would have missed Bono. I'm everything but a U2 fan, but his performance on the studio version of the song was so good that the guy who plays his part has a very hard job on which he doesn't succeed much. The melodic line and the choirs are identical to the studio version, so the difference is easy to hear. Luckily, this is a great song so even if the singer can't be compared to Bono, he does his job good enough.

In any case the whole album is full of highlights. The other song from Macalla is "Caislean Oir" which I think is better in this version with the choir arranged differently in the second half of the song. There is space also for the other "hits" like "Theme from Harry's Game" and "Robin of Sherwood".

An excellent live album and a very good starting point for who wants to explore Clannad for the first time.

Review by Matti
4 stars Clannad had been mostly inactive since their then-last studio album Landmarks (1998), when they were asked to perform at Dublin's historic Christ Church Cathedral in 2011. The public response was so enthusiastic that the event turned into three consecutive nights. More live activity followed, and eventually the band -- with Pól Brennan back to the line-up -- also made a new studio album, Nádúr (2013), which however remains their last one today.

The nearly full CD-length set containing 19 tracks has a strong emphasis on the early traditional folk era. I'm not very familiar with it in general, since I found Clannad during their modernly produced pop years and have never really dug deeper into their earliest albums apart from what I've heard on their compilations. That's why I'm not going to deal with things like from which albums they chose the material for this concert. By listening to the CD I can only say the set is pleasant and feels just right for the venue. Most songs are marked as "trad., arr. Clannad". A pity the leaflet doesn't tell what instruments the band members themselves play (harp, acoustic guitar, mandolin, flute, tin whistle, percussion, bass, I suppose). Guest musicians play violin, viola, cello, percussion and keyboards. But it's the marvelous use of harmony vocals what I think is the essence of the band's unique sound, especially when talking of the traditional tunes in Gaelic.

In the midway of the set there are several well known pieces from their more popular era featuring more synth on the background, starting with the mysteriously atmospheric 'Newgrange'. After two delicious trad. tunes they play a six- minute, four-part medley 'Robin of Sherwood' from the early 80's TV series closely associated with Clannad's original music for it. This is a nice gesture instead of performing just the famous theme song 'Robin (The Hooded Man)'. Occasionally the medley reminds me of the folk prog à la Jethro Tull. 'Caislean Óir' is the delicate opening track of Macalla (1985), followed by 'In a Lifetime' from the same album. It was originally a duet with Bono (of U2), and here his place is taken by Brian Kennedy. Agreeing with the previous reviewer, I don't think he fully succeeds in replacing Bono's superb vocals. 'I Will Find You' was a love song on the film The Last of the Mohicans -- also included on Clannad's studio album Banba (1994) -- , and 'Theme from Harry's Game' is undoubtedly THE best remembered, career-turning, popularity-launching song which truly deserves a place here.

This live album with an excellent sound quality and acoustics can be recommended to both longtime fans of the band and newcomers interested in Celtic music, of which genre Clannad is a major legend.

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