Great Irish Music~~Enya, The Voice of Ireland

I discovered this wonderful and beautiful lady actually from my oldest daughter. When she was in high school, I heard the most beautiful music coming from her room. She had received a tape, yes I said tape, from one of her friends who was a very new agey girl. I had to make a copy and I played it over and over until my family was ready to throw the tape out. At that time it was hard to find music if you lived in a small town and only had one record store. We didn’t even have a Walmart then. Shortly after that I purchased my very first computer and I would spend hours just looking up Celtic/Irish music. One thing led to another and soon I had over 50 tapes of various artists. As time went by and came the invention of CD’s and I still kept collecting and now I have a library of at least 100 if not more CD’s of the best Irish music. So  hubby and I listened to the music and then decided we had to start going to Irish Fest in Milwaukee every August which led us to our first trip to Ireland in 2000 and then again in 2007. I am still a fanatic of anything Irish and I only listen to Celtic music in the house. We cannot get anything Irish in the car on XM radio so that is the only time I listen to mainstream radio and even then I prefer to listen to a CD. Nothing better than an Irish ballad or a fast and furious jig. Long story short, Enya is still my favorite female Irish artist with her sister Moya following in second, then Clannad, Capercaille, Altan, Gaelic Storm and I could go on and on and on…..I am excited because last week we bought tickets to see Gaelic Storm at The Grand Theater in Wausau. Not the first time we have seen them as they are at Milwaukee IrishFest every year but this will be the first time in this type of venue…
Enya was born Eithne Ni Bhraonain in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Enya studied classical music at college and under private tuition. On leaving college she was asked by Producer Nicky Ryan to join her siblings in their family band. She did so for a short time, but found it too restrictive musically, and so in 1982 she joined Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan in a creative and business partnership. Enya’s first commission was to write a score for Sir David Puttnam for his film “The Frog Prince”. Then, the triumvirate secured the soundtrack to the BBC documentary series ‘The Celts’. Enya was then signed up by Warner Music and all three by EMI Music Publishing. The first album of this contract was “Watermark” with the hit single “Orinoco Flow”. This was followed by “Shepherd Moons” “The memory of trees” “Paint the sky with Stars” “A day without rain” which produced the single ‘Only Time’ “Amarantine” and for “Lord of the Rings; the fellowship of the Ring” the songs “Aniron” and “May it be”. Enya, Nicky and Roma were nominated for a Golden Globe Award and for an Academy Award for the song “May it be” and have also merited many other nominations and awards, including the Ivor Novello for International Achievement. The latest honours bestowed on Enya were two Honorary Degrees, the University of Galway honoured her with Doctor of Music and the University of Ulster honoured Enya with Doctor of Letters.

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