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Prog Folk • Ireland


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Clannad biography
Founded in Gweedore, Donegal, Ireland in 1970 (as "Clann as Dobhar") - Hiatus from 1998-2006

For decades CLANNAD have embodied the spirit and dedication of the proverbial musical family, which just happens to be related by blood as well. While they have navigated a number of distinct phases and less distinct transitions, and are generally and correctly classified as a folk group, they have always been so much more.

In the 1970s they were more closely allied to traditional Irish music, but with eclectic influences from jazz to rock, surely among them the PENTANGLE. While their international popularity was limited at this time, they blazed the path for a revival in Irish folk music, along with the CHIEFTAINS before them and contemporaries PLANXTY and CHRISTY MOORE. Recommended albums from this period - "Clannad" and "Dulaman".

Surprisingly, the 1980s were their most progressive phase, in which they pioneered a blend of pop, folk, ambient, and new age music. They not only sold a lot of albums, but inspired artists in the progressive world and beyond, from LOREENA MCKENNITT to IONA to ENYA, herself a family member and brief band member, to KARNATAKA to CAPERCAILLIE, ALTAN, and numerous other successful and obscure acts. All albums from this period are recommended to prog folk fans, with the exception of "Cran Ull" from 1980 which was more allied to their earlier period.

In the 1990s they achieved their greatest international success including a Grammy award for best new age album for Landmarks. The music from this period was pretty but generally lacked what little edge they had sharpened before. After an extended hiatus in which lead singer Moya Brennan embarked on a successful solo career, they returned to the stage in the mid 2000s and to the studio in 2013 to produce Nadur, revealing that not much had changed.

Clannad belongs on progarchives for their influence on numerous prog acts and their appeal to many prog fans, but mostly for their 1980s period in which they combined eclectic influences into their own unique take on Irish prog folk.

See also: WiKi

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CLANNAD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.34 | 14 ratings
Clannad
1973
3.92 | 8 ratings
Clannad 2
1975
4.77 | 15 ratings
Dúlamán
1976
3.38 | 9 ratings
Crann Ull
1980
4.56 | 10 ratings
Fuaim
1982
4.52 | 15 ratings
Magical Ring
1983
3.28 | 13 ratings
Legend (OST)
1984
4.41 | 17 ratings
Macalla
1985
2.53 | 12 ratings
Sirius
1987
2.74 | 6 ratings
Atlantic Realm (OST)
1989
4.24 | 6 ratings
The Angel And The Soldier Boy
1989
2.67 | 10 ratings
Anam
1990
3.04 | 11 ratings
Banba
1993
2.47 | 11 ratings
Lore
1996
3.81 | 7 ratings
Landmarks
1997
3.92 | 6 ratings
Nádúr
2013

CLANNAD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.82 | 2 ratings
Clannad in Concert
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Concert
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Christ Church Cathedral
2013

CLANNAD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Pastpresent
1989
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Christchurch Cathedral
2013

CLANNAD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Past Present
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Lifetime - The Ultimate Collection
1997

CLANNAD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Theme from Harry's Game
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Newgrange
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
I See Red
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
Robin /The Hooded Man)
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)
1985
0.00 | 0 ratings
Closer to Your Heart
1985
3.00 | 1 ratings
In a Lifetime
1985
2.00 | 1 ratings
Something to Believe In
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Why Worry?
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Seanchas
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
An Gleann
1998

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 Something to Believe In by CLANNAD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Something to Believe In
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
2 stars Both tracks on this single are from the 1987 album Sirius, which hasn't stood the test of time quite as well as Macalla (1985). Much of Sirius feels a bit over-produced in the 80's pop style. 'Something to Believe In' is a nice mid-tempo ballad featuring piano and backing vocals of Bruce Horsby (who had a hit 'It's Just the Way It Is'). Moira Brennan's vocals suit excellently to this melodic song. Elton John might have written something in this vein, but I don't think I'd enjoy any of his 80's songs as much as this Clannad song.

'Second Nature' is more fast-moving, and if I remember right, one of the worst in Sirius. It has a wrong kind of 'edginess' that feels somehow phoney. Despite the A side song being fairly good as a pop song, there's hardly a reason to rate this single more than two stars in this site.

 Banba by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.04 | 11 ratings

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Banba
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "Banba" follows Clannad's continued attempt to mix their Celtic folk sound and radio friendly soft rock. This time around, the band returns more to it's roots, which is a welcome return, but the track selection still has an overabundance of soft pop music to attract the masses. The unfortunate thing is that the pop songs can sound a little dated, but this time around, the song writing is often closer to the heart than on the last few albums.

Mel Collins plays sax on several of the tracks, giving some textural variety throughout, and there is still a lot of accompaniment done by synthesizers that seem out of place nowadays on this kind of folk album. The acoustic guitars are still there too, however, and they tend to make things more authentic. There is only one traditional Celtic song on this album, with 2 original songs sung in their native language. Other than that, everything else is in English, except for a refrain in "I Will Find You" sung in the Native American language. Some songs seem genuinely heartfelt while others still have that plastic feeling, but the harmonies are beautiful this time around, and feel authentic for the most part.

"Na Laethe Bhi" is an original composition. It is quite lush and has beautiful harmonies that seem to be somewhat processed with minimal background musical support from synthesizers. It is very slow and pensive, not your typical opening song for an album, but that is fine because it establishes the roots with a traditional sounding song. The instrumental break features a more traditional sounding instrument, but other than that, it is quite minimal, letting the vocals and harmonies carry the song.

"Banba Oir" is more modern sounding and a little more upbeat. It features some sax and synths with some percussion. Again, it is sung in the traditional language, but it is also an original song about Ireland.

"There for You" is the first English song on the album. Again, it is quite mellow, but immediately uses sax to drive the song. "Mystery Game" is a more minimal song with a better melody that's more unique. Where the previous song was a definite attempt at pop music, this one is more thoughtful. Their pop music is always better when it's not trying so hard to sound modern (at least what modern sounded like in 1993).

"Struggle" is more upbeat driven by acoustic and electric guitars. Not a bad track except the chorus is a little convoluted. A short guitar solo in the middle takes inspiration from David Gilmour. "I Will Find You" is a highlight of this album. It was the theme from the movie "Last of the Mohicans", and is one of my favorites from the band. It is beautiful and lush, very moving, very appropriate for the movie it supported, mostly minimal, yet with a heartfelt melody and great harmonies with a refrain sung in the tribe's language.

"Soul Searcher" features vocals by a guest male vocalist , a nice change that helps keep interest in the album by not making it sound too much the same. It is driven by acoustic guitar with sax added in playing the typical riffs when you expect them. There is a nice instrumental interlude from the guitar.

"Caide Sin Do'n Te Sin" is the only Traditional song on this album. Acoustic guitar and piano provide the foundation for the song which deals with traditional folk themes. "The Other Side" is an upbeat song with vocals sung in tandem harmony throughout and an acoustic interlude. Yes it's poppy, but it's one of their better pop songs.

"Sunset Dreams" is the only song not written by Ciaran Brennan, this time written by Noel Duggan. It is quite basic with guitars and synthesizers, and really nothing special. Its too laid back and just kind of hovers in the air without going anywhere. "A Gentle Place" ends the album with an instrumental with the flute as the feature instrument and acoustic guitar providing support.

Still not reaching their previous pinnacle, this album at least comes closer to the bands roots, staying mostly minimal throughout, but moving to pop territory once in a while. But the songs are better constructed here. Still, the album can only be considered good, not great, with a few highlights that will make it worthwhile to the fan and a few lovers of soft, lush rock.

 Atlantic Realm (OST) by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.74 | 6 ratings

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Atlantic Realm (OST)
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

2 stars If you are looking for the nice, relaxing sounds of Clannad's style of Celtic music, don't look here. "Atlantic Realm" is a soundtrack to a documentary about the ocean, and while it is true that Clannad is credited for the soundtrack, this is not your typical Clannad recording. It sounds like most of the music is manufactured by synthesizers, not that this is a bad thing, but it's not always what you expect from Clannad, plus there is the fact that the synths at many times sound very dated. There is very few vocals on this recording, and, for the most parts, the few vocals that are there are wordless. There is hardly any acoustic guitar to be found anywhere here, if any. The tracks are very short, no track here makes it to the 4 minute mark, so there is very little room for development of any themes. Even though there are some melodic moments here, it is mostly non-melodic.

So those are the reasons to avoid this recording, especially if you are expecting typical Clannad music. There are a few highlights here regardless of the negative aspects. The biggest highlight is the song "Under Neptune's Cape" which is more on the experimental side at first with deep, dark bass tones underneath a bell-like melody. Intensity grows as the track continues and actually becomes exciting and interesting. More percussion gets added as the intensity grows. This one actually approaches something that you would expect to hear from Vangelis. "Drifting" features a nice electric harp, but is way too short. "Ocean of Light" has a nice shimmering effect, it remains soft through the track and has a hymn-like feel to it.

Those are three highlights that make up about 9 minutes of the album. The rest of the album will give you little teases with a few tracks offering wordless vocals, but nothing to get excited about. The one track that does have any vocals worth mentioning is "Signs of Life" but it is spoken word since it is the reading of a poem over a very clunky synthesizer. They do throw in a sax and some pipes here and there, but they are very sparse and far between, that you may not even notice them much. Although there is no guitar to speak of, there is a mandolin on one of the tracks which adds a little variety.

The biggest problems here is that the tracks are underdeveloped and the synthesizer is often very poorly used. I suppose, at the time of the release, it didn't sound too bad, but it really hasn't aged well. If you want some nice world music with a Celtic feel, then this is not the album you want, but pretty much any other album by Clannad would suit you better than this one. I doubt this would even work well for background music because of the cheesy synth in many of the tracks. I don't even know if fans would be interested in this, but I will give it the benefit of a doubt because of the 9 minutes (out of 33 total minutes) of good music on the album.

 Past Present by CLANNAD album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1989
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Past Present
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by proghaven

— First review of this album —
4 stars Good compilation. Excellent compilation. Fantastic compilation! And no matter what tracks from 1980s are collected here (Pastpresent covers only Clannad's second period), what's important is that there are The Hunter and World Of Difference in the track list. Two brilliant songs from late 1980s unavailable on the band's other releases. Well, more precisely, the former was released in 1989 on single, but not together with the latter, side two was occupied by a theme from Atlantic Realm, no idea why. Only a truncated instrumental edit of World Of Difference can be heard in the end of the aforesaid album Atlantic Realm (and hope no need to explain that it's not enough!), while its entire version with vocals, to my knowledge, remained unreleased until Pastpresent. So, I'm not afraid to be accounted an extravagant freak if I give this compilation four stars just for two songs, all the more that in its entirety, it introduces 1980s Clannad to the audience quite well.
 Atlantic Realm (OST) by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.74 | 6 ratings

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Atlantic Realm (OST)
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by proghaven

4 stars To be honest, I never saw that BBC documentary movie which this music was written for. But I can easily believe that it's the best kind of music for any educational TV film about sea nature, oceanic surfs, high tides, low tides, coastal ecosystems etc. Ethereal, dreamy, panoramic. And this time, unlike Legend, the album really has turned out, the tracks put together did form a whole. The problem is that I failed to concentrate on listening every time I listened to it. What about you dear colleagues? Is this just a personal defect of my perception? or an immanent feature of the music? Probably it's so hypnotic that you are distracted from getting into it and start to think about outside matters after a few minutes of listening. Elusive music, indeed. Caressing your ear and elusive. I listened to Atlantic Realm more than twenty times but still don't remember any theme from it. Oh, sorry, with the only exception: the instrumental excerpt from World Of Difference in the end of side two (I had Atlantic Realm on original vinyl). But it's just because I like the song very much. Besides that, in my terms, the album is too short. I'd prefer it to be double. It's not good if a pleasure ends too soon.
 The Angel And The Soldier Boy by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.24 | 6 ratings

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The Angel And The Soldier Boy
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by proghaven

5 stars Another movie (this time animated) with music by Clannad that I never watched. Tried to find Alison De Vere's 'The Angel And The Soldier Boy' in DVD stores and even on pirate file exchange sites but failed. What a pity. There's obviously much to see there if the film is at least 50% worthy of its soundtrack. To my knowledge, it is the band's only experience in the genre of 'symphonic fairy tale for children' like Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. And this experience was crowned with success. Really fairy-tale melodies, moods and atmosphere. The instrumentation deftly imitates an instant orchestration though, as far as I can hear, everything is played by the band, no orchestra or chamber ensemble participates. A brilliant and unique album in Clannad's discography. The only fault is narrated story on side two (I had the original LP): the music 'can faintly be heard', while the narrator almost deafens with his heartfelt voice, many thanks to the sound engineer. This really disappoints, all the more that the music on side two (the narrated story with accompaniment) is not identical to the music on side one (the movie soundtrack).
 Anam by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1990
2.67 | 10 ratings

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Anam
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by proghaven

5 stars A farewell to Clannad. In spite of the absence of Pol (one of the two main generators of musical ideas in the band), Anam is a genuine Clannad album. Moreover, it's a Clannad album with partial return to the band's canon, with a couple of tracks sung in Gaelic and one traditional song (their previous studio album, Sirius, included no traditional material or Gaelic singing at all). And it was the last genuine Clannad album. Ahead was slow decline and gradual loss of individuality, then long silence, then long awaited return of 'good-but-non-essential' type. Maybe some new great albums are still to come in future, nobody knows. But for the moment, Clannad ended up with Anam. Honestly, I don't understand those who scold this album. No idea why should it be rated lower than The Magical Ring, I like it even better. There's no super hit like Theme From Harry's Game or Newgrange there, but on the other hand, no failure like Thios Fa'n Chosta. It's difficult to mark highlights, almost all the tracks are choice. My personal faves are Ri Na Cruinne, The Poison Glen, Wilderness, Why Worry? and Dobhar, slow and sad instrumental closing track. That's what classic Clannad was over with.
 Clannad by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.34 | 14 ratings

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Clannad
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by proghaven

4 stars Perhaps Clannad's eponymous debut would better be titled Pre-Clannad. It's the only studio product from their fleeting pre-historical era. The band's unique repertoire based on reworked and re-arranged traditional songs sung in Gaelic is already here, but the musicians are just on the way to their signature manners, especially in instrumentation and arrangement. Rocky drumming and bass playing rather remind classic UK folk rock bands (not only Fairport Convention as other reviewers fairly note, but also Bread, Love & Dreams and even Dando Shaft) than Clannad. And there's no genuine Clannad's magic in the sound yet. Apart from traditional songs, the track list includes one song composed by the band members (Liza), one written by the famous Irish guitarist Mick Hanly (An Phairc), and the 1960s international hit Morning Dew worn out by a lot of artists including Grateful Dead and Nazareth... Well, in brief, the band is just on the way to itself. But for a debut album, this one is great nevertheless.
 Clannad 2 by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.92 | 8 ratings

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Clannad 2
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by proghaven

4 stars 'Primary procreation is accomplished'. The band assumed its definitive cast of mind. Their repertoire basis is traditional folk songs in their own arrangement - and that arrangement is full of a very special magic. Not a sort of 'living in the past', but a path from long gone centuries to the present. All instrumentations are dominated by acoustic guitar, traditional harp, flute and tin whistle, and assisted by mandolin, double bass, percussion and sometimes piano. Since their second album, Clannad are no more just a folk rock band singing in Gaelic, but distinctive masters concerned about conveying the spirit of Irish traditional music. And they do that job very well... but the things are to change soon. Though the evidence is not yet quite clear, just slightly audible.
 Dúlamán by CLANNAD album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.77 | 15 ratings

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Dúlamán
Clannad Prog Folk

Review by proghaven

5 stars The lifeline of Clannad may be divided into three unequal (artistically unequal!) parts. Part one, from Clannad to Crann Ull: folky sound, mostly traditional songs, singing mostly in Gaelic, usually Maire soloing, other singers assisting; arrangements more or less close to traditional, modest instrumentation. (Fuaim is a special case.) Part two, from Magical Ring to Anam: sound usually qualified as 'ambient' and/or 'new age' and/or 'electronic', musical material mostly composed by the band members (though still following Celtic tradition), singing mostly in English, vocals are still usually led by Maire but often by choir of all the five singers; arrangements closer to proggy than folky, rich instrumentation. Part three, from Banba: decline. Dulaman is undoubtedly the best album from the band's earliest, folky era, and no rave review can be enough to express how good it is. It's a quintessence of Clannad's folky skill. And, paradoxically, maybe due to this reason the band noticeably starts to feel cramped in the space of traditional Celtic folk. Looks (i.e. sounds) like since then they felt magnetically attracted to unusual and individual melody making (far from nice and unpretentious traditional motifs but based on them nevertheless), majestic reverberating choir vocals and non-traditional arrangement techniques. The embryo of the future Clannad's sound can be heard in the tracks like Eirigh Is Cuir Ort Do Chuid Eadaigh. That's why I think Dulaman may be considered not only the acme of Clannad Part one but also the precursor to Clannad Part two.
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