Clannad – Dulaman (1976)

LPFrontCover1It doesn’t matter whether you’re an American or from the British Isles. This music brings simple Irish music to the ears of Americans. Dulaman- The title track, fun to listen to.
Cumha Eoghain Rua Ui Neil- Lovely harp instrumental track, very poignant also.
The Two Sisters- A humorous story about a sibling rivaly. I like it better than Loreena McKennitt’s version because this version sounds more traditional and Irish. It also, like the other tracks, has very lovely whistle and flute music.

Eirigh Suas A Stoirin- The beginning is a little out of tune, but the rest of the song is very moving and touching. Another very poignant version is found on Maire’s album “Mysty Eyed Adventures”.
The Galtee Hunt- I love this lovely track. The cheerful beat and soothing whistle music expresses the Irish pride and dignity.

Rise and Dress Yourself(long Gaelic title)- Much of this song is instrumental, but the Gaelic words tell a love story, just like many of the other songs. It’s very energetic with a good use of harp, guitar, mandolin, and flute.

Siuil A Run- The most touching song of all, this song expresses the woe of having a loved one out at war, while desiring to have your love by your side. Most of the song is in English, but the Gaelic verse speaks for itself. I highly recomend checking out another version on the Chieftains album “Tears of Stone”, performed by singer Sissel.
Mo Mhaire- This song often reminds me of Maire!


dTigeas A Damhsa- A very short, but simple a capella.
Cucandy/The Jug of Brown Ale- Two jigs that give a final great expression of Irish spirit.
This early Clannad album may sound different from their albums nowadays, but it does well in expressing the Irish voice and spirit. I hope they continue performing traditional songs that show what Ireland’s music is all about. (by Callieon)


Máire Ní Bhraonáin (harp, vocals)
Ciarán O Braonáin (bassm guitar, mandolin, piano)
Pól Ó Braonáin (flute, whistle, guitar, percussion, vocals)
Noel Ó Dúgain (guitar, vocals)
Pádraig Ó Dúgain (mandola, guitar, vocals)
Nicky Ryan (vocals)


01. Dúlamán 4.34
02. Cumha Eoghain Rua Ví Néill 4.09
03 Two Sisters 4.13
04 Éirigh Suas A Stóirín 5.14
05 The Galtee Hunt 3.09
06 Éirigh Is Cuir Ort Do Chuid Éadaigh Cóiríu 4.12
07 Siúil A Rún 5.50
08 Mo Mháire 2.43
09 DTigeas A Damhsa 1.26
10. Cucanandy / The Jug Of Brown Ale 3.13

Written-By – Traditional






Clannad – In Bremen (1980)

FrontCover1Clannad are an Irish band formed in 1970 in Gweedore, County Donegal. Their music has been variously described as bordering on folk and folk rock, traditional Irish, Celtic and New Age, often incorporating elements of an even broader spectrum of smooth jazz and Gregorian chant. After twelve years of success in the folk music industry, they shot to international recognition in 1982 with the release of the “Theme from Harry’s Game”, becoming the most successful band in the Celtic music genre. They subsequently went on to bridge the gap between traditional Celtic music and pop music in the 1980s and 1990s with albums such as Macalla and Anam. Their records usually consist of traditional Gaelic ballads, New Age tracks that carry the group’s trademark of haunting vocal harmonies, mellow harp-based instrumentals and often upbeat pop-flavoured numbers. During their career they toured the world extensively and gained fans in every major territory. They have recorded in six different languages, most notably in Irish,[6] and their record sales have exceeded the 15 million mark. They are also widely regarded as the band which, for the first time, put Irish traditional music and the Irish language on the world stage and paved the way for many other Irish artists. They have won several notable awards throughout their career, including a Grammy, a BAFTA, an Ivor Novello and a Billboard Music Award.(by wikipedia)

And this a very rare live concert from 1980: it´s an excellent FM broadcast recording (by Radio Bremen/Germany) and you can hear the magic of Clannad !

Clannad, 1980

Máire Ní Bhronáin (vocals, harp)
Ciarán Ó Braonáin (guitar, keyboards, bass, vocals)
Pól Ó Braonáin (flute, guitar, percussion, vocals)
Noel Ó Dúgáin (guitar, vocals)
Pádraig Ó Dúgáin (guitar, mandolin, vocals)

01. An Giobóg 2.34
02. Siúil A Rúin 8.00
03. Valparaiso 2.42
04. Bean an Tí (Ó Bhean An Tí) 4.43
05. Fairies Hornpipe – Off to California 4.17
06. Down By The Sally Gardens 6.01
07. The Old Couple 7.17
08. Dúlamán 5.42
09. Teidhir Abhaile Riú 4.02
10. Two Sisters 6.03
11. Níl Sé Ina Lá (Níl Sé’n Lá) 2.38

All songs was Traditionals