Yes, it all makes sense and there are elements of these qualities
in many of the world's great singers. Yet it is astounding that
her voice goes from strength to strength. She stands as an Irish
icon with the world as her stage.
In her music making, Moya has never been content to nestle within
comfortable boundaries. From an early age she trod the boards with
her father Leo in the dance halls, then became fixated with the
likes of Joni Mitchell and the Beach Boys before going on to share,
with her band Clannad, an enlightening discovery of the extraordinary
wealth of Celtic history and melody on her doorstep.
||Clannad sent tremors through
the world of traditional music. With Harry's Game they took the Irish
language and its melodies to places that it had never been before.
Top of the Pops, major record contracts and world tours. The accolades
followed -Ivor Novello and BAFTA awards plus, after several nominations,
a Grammy award in 1999. Their music was fresh, vibrant and progressive.
Alongside all of this, Moya has developed an individuality which has
already shown itself in her expanding body of work. When an artist's
career can often be measured in months, hers spans decades. Through
this clamorous journey, through school halls, folk clubs, festivals,
discos, churches, the world's most renowned concert halls she has
travelled purposefully and always focused. The power of her whispered
tones and the beauty of her music touch the soul. Gently, yet persistently,
her songs and her music are redefining Irish music.