Life after Clannad for Moya Brennan - The Evesham Observer

Life after Clannad for Moya Brennan

Evesham Editorial 13th Mar, 2024 Updated: 13th Mar, 2024   0

MOYA Brennan, the voice of Clannad, performs at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall on March 26.

Clannad’s sell-out concert at Dublin’s 3 Arena in 2023 marked the end of the farewell of the band after 50 years together

She is now taking up her solo career again touring the UK with her own band and a new album, Voices & Harps IV.

In October 2019 Moya received the RTE Radio Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement presented to her by (Irish) President Michael D Higgins who said that “her name would be forever etched in the history of Irish music”.

In May 2022 Moya was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from Dublin City University. In her citation at the award ceremony it was said: “Moya has an innate ability to find the heart of music, to reach the essence of a song or a tune, and to make the ordinary extraordinary.

As the singer of Clannad, they rose to prominence with a pioneering approach to traditional music, creating the Celtic Music genre along the way.

In their half century together, they achieved 15 million record sales worldwide and a string of awards, including a BAFTA, Ivor Novello, and a Grammy in 1998.

Moya’s solo career has seen her record nine solo albums to date, two of which were Grammy nominated.

Her new album Voices & Harps IV is her fourth collaboration with virtuoso harpist, Cormac De Barra, and pays tribute to legendary Irish harpist and singer, Mary O’Hara.

As the First Lady of Celtic Music, Moya is a constant and enthusiastic ambassador for Irish culture around the world and, a native Irish Gaeilge language speaker, keen to keep her traditional arts and music in the forefront.

“Ireland is changing rapidly but one thing that remains constant is our love of music and wanting the whole world to hear it. I love being part of that”, says Moya.


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