Celtic music captivates Harris Center

By From page B5 | February 14, 2014

The original Celtic music artists of Clannad are undertaking an extensive world tour featuring songs from their 40-year career as recording artists.

The Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom is proud to be one of a few venues selected from throughout North America to present the band in concert, for one night only, on Sunday, Feb. 16.

In a career spanning four decades, Clannad has made music that entwines the traditional and the modern, the past and the future.

With haunting songs, mesmerizing vocals and captivating sound, the group has sold more than 15 million records worldwide and won countless awards over the years, including Billboard’s “World Song of the Year” in 1992 and a Grammy for “Best New Age Album” in 1999. The group is the recipients of two “Lifetime Achievement Awards” at home in Ireland.

The acclaimed Irish group consists of family members, siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan, and their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan, who began by drawing inspiration from their home in the remote northwest coast of Ireland.

Towards the end of the ’70s they recruited their younger sister in on piano and harmony vocals. She worked on two albums and several tours with them before going on to establish her own highly successful solo career as Enya.

“Theme from Harry’s Game” was Clannad’s first big break, topping the charts in Europe and also being used in an American advertising campaign for Volkswagen.

They also created the music for the highly popular television series “Robin of Sherwood” and the group’s music was featured in movies such as “Last of the Mohicans” and “Patriot Games,” and recorded “In A Lifetime,” which features a duet with U2’s Bono.

For this close-knit group, their musical journey is both remarkable in its personal accomplishment and historic in its contributions to Irish culture. It is indeed fascinating to consider that what today is so widely regarded as Celtic music was first called “Clannad music.” There is perhaps no greater testament to the impact of this groundbreaking group than that.

 Clannad is back with “Nádúr,” the first album of new material since the 1998s Grammy-winning “Landmarks” and the first since the 1989s album “Past Present” to feature the return of all five original members,

Clannad will perform at the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25 to $39; premium tickets are $49; students and children are $20. Tickets are available online at or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.

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