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Moya says playing music is addictive
Many Irish milestones
By contributor Annette Bartholomew
Annette Bartholomew chats to Moya Brennan, lead singer of Clannad who performed at The Sage Gateshead in March 2008.
Telling fans it's great to be playing in Newcastle when your top-selling band is actually performing in Gateshead should be classed as an oversight rather than a major crime.
But according to Clannad's lead singer, Moya Brennan, it still warrants an apology, although she had an excuse - a mixture of first night nerves and excitement.
Like angels singing
The gig at The Sage Gateshead marked a special reunion for her family band and also the start of their first UK tour in ten years.
A new album is planned
"We see each other all the time and we play together at my father's pub in Donegal but then everyone ended up doing their own thing," said Moya.
"It feels good and right to be on tour now. We have 17 albums worth of material."
It is 35 years since their first album, Clannad, was released and their unique blend of Celtic, haunting sound captivated fans worldwide.
Theme From Harry's Game illustrated the band's beautiful harmonies while singing in Gaelic. Bono, who sang with Clannad on the hit In A Lifetime, described their music as "like hearing the sound of angels singing."
The influence of the rugged Irish landscape, a steep musical tradition and overwhelming talent are just some of the reasons for the Brennan siblings and their uncles' amazing success.
And then there is younger sister, Enya, who has sold millions of albums by herself.
Moya, who is the eldest of nine children, feels privileged for having such a varied career.
"My parents have done well out of nine children including also a chef and an artist. But we grew up in a house full of love and we all love playing music as it reminds us where we are from," she said.
"Music is addictive and the aura from the audience is so addictive. We want our fans to feel like they are seeing a local band."
The good news for fans is not only are Clannad touring again but a new album is planned too. And Moya will be back on the road as a solo performer.
"It is not a final tour but the beginning of a new era. We appreciate our fans and it's the reason why I am on stage to give something back," she said.
That appreciation is certainly mutual if ticket sales of the current UK tour are anything to go by.
last updated: 18/03/2008 at 14:50