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In A Lifetime – The Farewell Tour

Clannad (derived from the word clan meaning ‘family’ in Gaelic) was formed in 1970 by
siblings Moya, Ciarán and Pól Brennan and their uncles Noel and Pádraig Duggan (who
sadly passed away in 2016), and for a short time later became a six-piece with the
addition of Enya Brennan who then went on to have her own successful solo career. The
multi-award winning band have, without doubt, done more than any other group to take
Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience. Fusing elements of traditional
Irish music and more contemporary folk, new age and rock they have created a beautifully
unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to
transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.
After a decade which saw them release five hugely influential and groundbreaking albums,
in 1982 Clannad reached wider recognition when they recorded Theme From Harry’s
Game for a powerful three-part TV drama depicting the troubles in Northern Ireland. The
song became a commercial success upon its release as a single, peaking at number 2 in
Ireland and number 5 in the UK, winning an Ivor Novello award and later being used in
the movie Patriot Games. It remains the only UK hit single to be sung entirely in Irish.
In addition to the incredible achievements of this one, timeless song, in 1984 Clannad won
a BAFTA for ‘Best Original Television Music’ for their soundtrack ‘Legend’ (becoming the
first Irish band to win it), which featured music and songs the band were commissioned to
score for the Robin Of Sherwood TV series. In the two decades since the band has won a
Grammy Award (‘Best New Age Album’ for 1999’s Landmarks), Billboard Music Award,
and a BBC 2 Folk Award (for Lifetime Achievement).
Clannad also recorded the soundtrack albums Atlantic Realm, made for a BBC
documentary about the Atlantic Ocean, and The Angel and the Solider Boy, a half hour
animation without voiceovers, with the music telling the story. In 1993 their song ‘I Will
Find You’ (from the album ‘Banba’) was featured as the love theme to the movie Last Of
The Mohicans (which saw the band receive their first Grammy nomination). These
achievements make them one of the most successful and acclaimed soundtrack artists
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