Monday 20 November 2017

Forty years in the business... but Clannad's Moya Brennan is busier than ever

Clannad singer Moya Brennan Photo: Tony Gavin
Clannad singer Moya Brennan Photo: Tony Gavin
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

She's been in the business more than 40 years and Clannad’s Moya Brennan is enjoying the busiest period of her career so far.

The musician is currently touring the UK with Mary Black and will return to Ireland next month to take part in a series of nationwide concerts commemorating 1000 years since the Battle of Clontarf.

Donegal-born Brennan will perform with harp player Cormac De Barra at The Ark in Dublin's Temple Bar, as well as six venues across the country on April 19 and 21, as they celebrate the story of High King Brian Boru and his love of the instrument.

Brennan has also written a song entitled Ten14 specifically for the commemorative event.

The concerts have designed to cater for children and families and the 61-year-old told the Irish Independent that she hopes it will introduce the next generation of music lovers to the importance of Celtic history and culture.

"I love history and this is a great story, so me for it made sense to come on board. It's nice to be able to relate this to young children through music and bring them on an hour long journey through song; and it's important that kids are aware of who Brian Boru was and what he did," she said.

While she has been performing for over four decades, Brennan told this newspaper that she is currently the busiest she has ever been.

"I'm really enjoying singing and being on stage at the moment and I'm not competing with the charts or major superstars, I can just carry on doing what I do," she said.

"I think trad music is in a very healthy state at the moment."

The singer has also been working alongside her daughter Aisling Jarvis, who will release her debut solo album in May.

"I'm extremely proud of her. She has been playing with me for years and also engineered my last album, so I'm thrilled for her. She's an incredible artist."

Although her husband and son feature, Brennan herself did not contribute to the record.

The 1014 commemoration programme at The Ark is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin-Unesco City of Literature.  The Irish tour of Ten14 is presented with the support of an Arts Council Touring Award and Brennan will perform at Draoicht in Blanchardstown, Riverbank Art Centre in Newbridge, Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, AnGrianán Theatre in Letterkenny, glór in Ennis and Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise.

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