Clannad's Evensong with Amplifiers; CAUGHT LIVE

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), January 30, 2011 | Go to article overview

Clannad's Evensong with Amplifiers; CAUGHT LIVE


Byline: by Danny McElhinney

Christ Church Cathedral was an apt venue for the other-worldly Clannad ***. They played there on Thursday night as part of the Temple Bar TradFest.

Moya Brennan, her brothers, Pol and Ciaran and their uncles Padraig and Noel rarely play together these days; this line-up hasn't been together since 1989. But given that it is 40 years since they first formed, and they were offered such a wonderful venue, they were tempted to play together once more.

In the grounds, a pipe band from Nova Scotia greeted the 400 souls who made their way to tightly packed crimson-cushioned chairs inside. The low-key lighting on the altar and the group's quiet entrance were all in keeping with the surroundings.

They appeared nervous and Moya's greeting was all but inaudible. Dressed in a long black coat and floating grey dress, she promised a journey through their career.

A very early track, Thios Cois Na Tra Domh, was a gentle opener and the first five songs were rendered as Gaeilge.

Looking around, I noticed two people near me had nodded off. Like Enya, also part of the Brennan clan and an erstwhile band member, Clannad were never really designed as an invigorating live act. …

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