Beginnings: The Best Of The Early Years
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For the first time ever this collection brings together the best of Clannad’s early recordings. Stretching back to their 70’s debut the selection, put together by the group and their management presents Clannad’s Donegal roots beautifully. An enchanting listen, this is the sound of true Irish folk music.
· The first ever compilation of their ground break Irish Folk pre- BMG recordings.
· Put together by the band the group will be supporting this release fully.
· Includes tracks on CD for the first time ever in the UK, rarities featuring Enya and sleevenotes by Colin Irwin (Mojo, The Guardian, fRoots & The Daily Telegraph).
· Full press and radio campaign is being undertaken in support of this release.
|| ||Na Buachailli A'lainn|
|| ||An Mhaighdean Mara|
|| ||Down By The Sally Gardens|
|| ||Dulaman (Seaweed)|
|| ||Crann Ull|
|| ||Rince Briotanach (Breton Dance)|
|| ||Mhorag's Na Tra Domh|
|| ||Thios Chois Na Tra Domh|
|| ||Teidhir Abhaile Riu|
|| ||An Tull|
|| ||Dtigeas A Damhsa (Children's Dance Song)|
|| ||Planxty Browne|
|| ||Nil Se Ina La|
|| ||Cumha Eoghain Rua Ui Neill|
|| ||Coinleach Ghlas An Fhomair|
|| ||The Green Fields Of Gaothdobhair|
|| ||Siull A Run|
|| ||An Buinnean Bui|
|| ||Mhaire Bruineall|
|| ||Eleanor Plunkett|
|| ||Siobhan Ni Dhuibhir|
|| ||Two Sisters|
|| ||Bruach Na Carraige Baine|
|| ||Ar A Ghabhail 'N A 'Chuain Damh|
|| ||Eirigh Suas A Stoirin|
|| ||Fairly Shot Of Her|
|| ||Buaireadh An Phosta|
|| ||Gaoth Barra Na Dtonn|
|| ||Mrs. McDermott|
|| ||La Coimhthioch Fan Dtuath|
|| ||An Phairc|
Before signing for RCA and finding success with TV-related projects for Harry’s Game and Robin Of Sherwood, Clannad built up a solid reputation with a series of Irish folk albums, from which the 31 recordings on this two-CD set are taken. The emphasis is very much on traditional songs performed in Gaelic and, even if you don’t understand a word, there is no denying the beauty of their work, and this mid-priced delight should add considerably to their solid catalogue sales.
HMV Choice, September/October 08
Ethereal Irish masters dust off their early Gaelic-language recordings.
Most of us probably know Clannad best for their top five hit Theme From Harry’s Game, their music for the TV drama Robin Of Sherwood and their pop collaborations with the likes of Bono, Brucy Hornsby and Paul Young. Few have fused Irish tradition and contemporary pop/new age styles more successfully that the family group from the rugged Gweedore region in the remote north-western corner of Donegal. Yet that’s only half the Clannad story.
Before Harry’s Game turned them into pop stars in the mid-1980s, siblings Ciaran, Pol and Moya Brennan plus uncles Padraig and Noel Duggan on guitars spent a decade making a series of superb folk albums steeped in traditional Irish music. Many of their later mainstream fans have never heard this material, almost all of which is sung in Gaelic and appeared on such specialist Irish labels as Tara and Gael Linn.
Beginnings compiled more than 30 tracks from the half dozen albums they made between 1973-82 before they found international fame. The wonderful Níl Sé’n La from their debut showcases the superb meshing of their vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, sounding not unlike Pentangle. Eleanor Plunkett is a fine vehicle for some ethereal interplay between Moya’s harp and Pol’s flute while Down By The Sally Gardens is a stunning, gossamer-like setting of a WB Yeats poem.
Those familiar with Dulaman as a rocking favourite from their live act will be astounded by the beauty of the original acoustic version from 1976 while An tÚll and Buaireadh An Phósta from 1981 features youngest sister Enya on vocals before she went off to become a solo superstar. It may be heretical to say so, but given a choice between the crossover hits that made them famous and the magical simplicity of the performances here, many may conclude that these early recordings really do represent the best of Clannad.
Shindig, January 09
Best known as new age, synth-laden ‘80s Celtic folk family famed for their haunting theme to the UK TV show Robin Of Sherwood, and the act that gave the world baby sis Enya and her mega-selling ‘Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)’, Clannad actually started performing and recording in the early ‘70s utilising the Gaelic tongue and both ancient and modern instrumentation. The material compiled on this set, culled from their early albums, spans 1973-82. Clannad (pre-Robin Hood) sang traditional tunes, but there was a jazz undercurrent and an edge to their music that although not quite acid-folk showed the band to be fully aware of contemporary rock, notably the folkier end of prog and the folk fusion of Alan Stivell. Clearly not finger-in-the-ear fuddy duddies the young Clannad wore their hair long and their trousers flared. Folk music by hippies!
This is truly beautiful, winsome music that is an ideal accompaniment to daydreaming about misty mountains, ancient myth and fair maidens. Glorious.
Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills
Birmingham Sunday Mercury, December 08
For the first time ever this collection brings together the best of Clannad’s early recordings.
Stretching back to their 1970s debut, this selection of tracks, chosen by the band, presents Clannad’s Donegal roots.
This is dyed in the wool, authentic Irish folk music.
To be fluent in Gaelic would be a bonus to fully appreciate songs such as Dulaman (Seaweed), Rince Briotanach (Breton Dance) and d’Tigeas A Damhsa (Children’s Dance Song).
There are 31 track in all on this double-CD compilation.