Moya Brennan, a Grammy-Award winning musician, singer, and songwriter, will give a concert at the Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall at Princeton University on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. Brennan is the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning Irish band Clannad, known around the world for its blend of musical styles with traditional Irish music. “Moya Brennan – the Voice of Clannad –with Family and Friends,” is co-presented by the University’s Lewis Center for the Arts Performance Central Series, the Index of Christian Art, and the Fund for Irish Studies, is free and open to the public, however advance ticket reservations are recommended.
Moya Brennan, also known by the Gaelic spelling Máire , started her musical career at a young age, performing at her father’s bar with her siblings, Ciarán and Pól. Later, their twin uncles, Noel and Pádraig Duggan, joined the trio, forming the band, Clannad, and releasing their first album in 1973. Known for blending folk, rock, jazz, ambient, and world music genres and for incorporating Irish history and traditional Gaelic words into their lyrics, Clannad helped define modern Irish music with their 15 studio albums released over a recording career spanning 25 years. Among these are Legend (1984), which won Ivor Novello and British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, PastPresent (1989), and Banba (1993), which reached Top 5 on the UK Charts, and Landmarks (1997), which won a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best New Age Album. Enriched with lyrics celebrating Irish history and inspired by Irish music, Landmarks has become one of the most celebrated albums in Ireland. Though no longer recording, Clannad continues to give concerts all around the world, from the United States to Thailand.
Brennan has also been acclaimed as a soloist. She has released eight studio albums, Máire (1992), Misty Eyed Adventures(1993), Perfect Time (1998), Whisper to the Wild Water (1999),Two Horizons (2003), An Irish Christmas (2005/2006),Signature (2006), and Heart String (2008). She has collaborated with countless world-renowned musicians, including Bono of U2, who said of her voice, “ I think Máire has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced .” The power of her voice led to many other successes, including working on several film soundtracks, such as Titanic, and performing to the largest audience to ever gather in the northern hemisphere, a crowd of 2.7 million people in the TorVargetta outside Rome at World Youth Day in 1999. She is also widely recognized for her popularization of Irish language, culture, and music. This work, along with her contributions to Clannad, have led to her reputation as “The First Lady of Celtic Music.”
Outside her music career, Brennan continues to help bring Irish music and culture to worldwide attention. She is the author of two books, the autobiographical The Other Side of the Rainbow and the collector’s item Ireland: Landscapes of God’s Peace. In 2011, she received an Emmy award for her work on the documentary, Music of Ireland, a television documentary series on Irish music.
Free tickets may be reserved through University Ticketing by calling 609.258.9220 or at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office open Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Any remaining tickets will be available at the auditorium the evening of the concert.
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Photo caption: “The First Lady of Celtic Music,” Moya Brennan, from the Grammy Award-winning band Clannad, will perform in concert at Princeton University on November 5 at 5:00 p.m., co-presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts Performance Central Series, the Index of Christian Art in the Department of Art and Archeology, and the Fund for Irish Studies.
Photo credit: Photo by Tim Jarvis