These performances are set to be unique and indeed rare, as TradFest 2011 will play host to their first performance in Dublin in almost half a decade.
Clannad have given a unique voice to modern Irish music. They have combined a deep love of traditional strains with a bold approach to writing and recording. Their legacy is a hugely impressive collection of albums, touching on folk, rock, ambient, jazz and world music. Many of these records have featured lyrics in their native Gaelic tongue, while others have been performed in English. Either way, those vocals have plugged directly into the popular imagination.
Following on from the previous announcement that Clannad will perform in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin in January, we can now bring you some more up to date news on this.
Firstly, Moya, Ciaran, Noel & Padraig are delighted to welcome Pol back into the band. Although he has made a couple of live appearances with them since his departure in 1989, this will be the first time in over twenty years that the classic line up will present a full concert.
The shows are part of Temple Bar Tradfest 2011. Details of other events within the festival are available here
They are digging deep into the extensive catalogue of songs to perform a show that fully reflects the extent of their 40 year career. Along with the usual live favorites, you can also expect to hear performances of some of their earliest material, some of which they haven't performed live for over 25 years.
They are planning a show to best suit the spectacular and intimate surroundings and acoustics of Christchurch Cathedral A part of the show will feature just the five of them on stage, as it was in the beginning, and then for other sections they will be joined by some very special guest musicians.
All in all a show not to be missed!