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Clannad to Perform Sept. 23 in UB Center for the Arts

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

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: July 16, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will welcome Clannad on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, Center for the Arts, North Campus. The concert is produced by Metropolitan Talent Presents.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m.

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 group has sold over 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 that 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. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000; in Canada, call 416-870-8000. For more information, call 716-645-2787.