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Clannad to perform at UB

by jmaloni
Mon, Jul 16th 2012 02:15 pm

Grammy Award-winning Irish group on first North American tour in 18 years

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, welcomes Clannad on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

The concert is produced by Metropolitan Talent Presents. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20.

In a career spanning four decades, acclaimed Irish family band Clannad has made music that entwines the traditional and the modern, with stunningly beautiful results. With their haunting songs and mesmerizing vocals, the award-winning Clannad has sold more than 10 million records worldwide. This year, Clannad is celebrating their 40th anniversary together with a two-CD set, "The Essential Clannad," a public television special, "Clannad - Live at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin," and North American tour.

Clannad consists of siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan along with their twin uncles, Noel and Padraig Duggan. In weaving their unique and timeless sound, Clannad drew from the various strands of music, which surrounded them as they grew up in the remote northwest coast of Ireland. In concert, they captivate fans on an enchanting world music journey.

During the '70s, they recorded six traditional albums, each of which helped to shape and refine the band's now unmistakable sound. Their young sister, Enya Brennan, joined the band on keyboards for two of those albums before leaving to pursue her own highly successful solo career.

The group's popularity grew when "Theme From Harry's Game" became a chart hit and was used in the U.S. by Volkswagen in a major advertising campaign. They created music for popular television series "Robin of Sherwood" and had their music featured in movies such as "Last of the Mohicans" and "Patriot Games." In 1999, Clannad was honored with a Grammy for Best New Age Album.

Since their inception, Clannad bridged the gap between traditional Irish music and pop music, a groundbreaking accomplishment that has inspired so many other contemporary Irish artists today.

Tickets for Clannad are $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50, and are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000 (in Canada, 1-416-870-8000).

For more information, call 716-645-2787.

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