Clannad @ Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (20 March 2013)


On Wednesday I went to see Clannad. For those who don’t know they are an Irish folk band made up of two brothers, their sister (siblings of Enya who was part of the band but left) and their two Uncles.

Brian Kennedy was the support act and completely blew us all away. He sand and played his guitar with no backup band and has a phenomenal voice. FYI all those who like Josh Groban/Westlife (ugh)/any of the hundreds of other artists who have covered the song, Brian Kennedy was the first one to record ‘You Raise Me Up’. I don’t blame him for being incredibly proud of the fact. Original is best as he proved by finishing his set singing it acapella.

Clannad …. Ahhh … where to start?! Moira Brennan and the harp!!!!!!!!!!! Pol who plays basically every instrument there is and sometimes all of them in one song.  Their set was awesome. I don’t know their entire discography but they played all my favourites with a good mix of songs sung in Gaelic and English and explained what the Irish songs were about.  And when they sung ‘In A Lifetime’, they invited Brian Kennedy back on stage to sing with Moira and it was awesome. Here is a video of a performance of it from a couple of years ago.  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ <3.


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