Clannad, who hail from Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland,
take their name from the Gaelic word for 'family', which is most
appropriate for when they started out playing in their farther Leo's
bar about 1970 Maire Brennan was accompanied by her brothers Ciaran
(vocals, guitar, bass), Pol (guitar, percussion, flute, vocals)
and two of their uncles, Padraig Duggan (guitar, vocals, mandolin)
and Noel Duggan (guitar, vocals). The Brennans come from a very
musical family, their father Leo was a former cabaret band leader
and their mother was a school teacher who ran the local choir.
With their reputation growing at a steady pace they began playing
folk festivals in Ireland. In 1973 they released their first album
simply titled "Clannad' which showed a band aware of the Irish music
of the time, there was a taste of modern influences as well as traditional
songs, sung in the Irish language. In 1975 they released their second
album 'Clannad Two' which was produced by Donal Lunny of Planxty and
Bothy Band fame.
This was followed the following year by the Dúlamám
album. By this time the group's reputation was spreading throughout
Europe where standing ovations were commonplace. At this point they
came to the attention of Tara who recorded their next album 'Crann
Ull' which in addition to featuring Máire's harp playing
also featured a fuller band sound which was a feature of their live
shows at the time.
In 1981 they recorded their second album with Tara
'Fuaim' (meaning Sound).
For this album they were joined by their sister Enya on keyboards
and vocals. For the Fuaim' album the group introduced an even bigger
sound with the use of synthesiser, electric guitar, clarinet, saxophone
The following year Enya left the group to pursue a
solo career and the band set about recording their 'Magical Ring'
album (which included 'Harry's Game'). This was to prove a major
turning point in their career, shooting them to stardom and worldwide