Clannad will release their long awaited new studio album ‘Nádúr’ on September 20th 2013 on the ARC Music label.
The band mark the release of the album with an appearance on RTE’s Late Late Show tonight.
‘Nádúr’, the Gaelic word for Nature, is a fitting title.
The album sees the family band – siblings Moya, Ciarán and Pól Brennan and their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan – back together on record as the full original line-up for the first time since the 1989 album Past Present.
Following Pól’s departure after that album, the band continued to release four highly successful albums – the last being the Grammy-winning album Landmarks in 1998.
In 2011, Clannad were invited to perform a series of concerts at Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. With the intimate and historic nature of these shows, Pól was invited along to be part of the event.
The concerts were a huge success and they were filmed and recorded for a DVD and CD which were released following airings on PBS in America.
This event provided the catalyst for the five of them to start seriously considering a new album but before going into the recording studio they decided to embark on an extensive tour across North America and Europe. This time together on the road helped shape the ideas they had for Nádúr.
“The fact that we’d toured quite extensively in the months leading up to recording really had an effect on the album,” says Moya Brennan.
“Playing live across various countries gave us a really good indication of not just what we wanted from a new album but also what the audience out there wanted to hear. We feel this record touches on every aspect of our forty year career. Every track is different yet every track is pure Clannad”
Nádúr contains 13 new tracks; including Vellum, Rhapsody na gCrann, TransAtlantic (co-written with Colm McCann), Brave Enough (with guest Duke Special), The Fishing Blues, Lámh ar Lámh, , The Song in your Heart, Setanta, and the traditional Cití na gCumann.
Nádúr is a very natural progression to the Clannad sound, which since the 70s has been to fuse the traditional with the modern, the past and the future, with stunningly beautiful results.
Colum McCann, states in his liner notes for the album, “Clannad – the family – have taken the local and made it universal once again. Is é seo nádúr dhúchasach …this is their inherent nature.”
“It will always be so.”