Today BMG release IN A LIFETIME LIVE, a new recording of Clannad’s global smash originally released in 1985 with Bono of U2 as the featured vocalist. The new version featuring Denise Chaila (The Guardian’s ‘One To Watch’ was recorded live in Donegal, the band’s family home and beautifully captured in the accompanying live video from a derelict church overlooking the Poison Glen.
This exciting collaboration between one of the most successful Irish bands ever and one of the rising stars of the Irish music scene is the perfect union of two generations and contemporisation of an Irish anthem.
Pól Brennan of Clannad on the collaboration:
“When the project 'Ireland in Music' was confirmed last summer, I reached out to Denise after seeing her on a streaming event. I thought she stole the show! Blown away by her performance I asked her if she'd be interested in joining us for 'In a Lifetime' and a couple of weeks later she came to my studio in Kilkenny, with her team Munya GodKnows and MuRli and what a day we had...
We shared music, food, stories and more music well into the night and if I needed any confirmation that she'd be great for the song.....that was it. It was very appropriate that we went back to Donegal, back to the original location to shoot the video last October and we had some magic making it...it was great to share it all with her…the music, our home and family I've recently been back in studio with her ....working on tracks for her new album.....what a talent !”
Denise Chaila on the collaboration:
“There’s a quiet element of destiny to how this all came together for me. I’ve been joking that Clannad are my long-lost aunties and uncles since we started to speak about this song because my affection for them was almost immediate. Finding that I was being adopted in return was an incredible joy. I’m so proud to be able to contribute my voice to the legacy of their work. Not least because there’s certainly some gravity involved in being asked to sing a part that Bono first imprinted his voice on. Being trusted to sing In A Lifetime with Moya, knowing what it means to them and a vast community of people, is a blessing of many tiers. One that was born over cups of tea, vulnerable conversation, storytelling and PB gently reminding me that singing should feel like breathing. This song, to me, has always spoken of a rebirth in the midst of a storm. Coming together to create this, felt exactly like that.”
Watch 'In A Lifetime' featuring Denise Chaila - BELOW:
The digital release of IN A LIFETIME LIVE creates the bridging gap between the band’s re-scheduled global farewell tour and the IN A LIFETIME anthology collection. Released in 2020, the anthology captures Clannad’s incredible and enduring body of work which has, over 16 studio albums, created a legacy that’s influenced a generation of fellow Irish musicians and artists.
IN A LIFETIME LIVE will also be released digitally in 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience utilizing Sony’s spatial audio technology, that will let listeners hear this incredible track like never before. The 360 Reality Audio content will be available on Deezer and TIDAL and can be enjoyed on any headphones and also on Amazon Music HD, playing on the Amazon Echo Studio. For additional details visit: 360 Reality Audio official website
Clannad has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Bruce Hornsby, Steve Perry (Journey), JD Souther, Paul Young, and Duke Special but their most successful collaboration by far was with enthusiastic supporter and fan, Bono of U2. A fan of the band who declared singer Moya as “one of the greatest voices the human ear as ever experienced,” Bono duetted with the singer on Clannad’s 1985 hit single – and the song which gives this collection its title – In A Lifetime.
IN A LIFETIME is a multi-format, career-spanning anthology containing tracks from Clannad’s 50-year recording career. Available as 37 track 2CD set, 2CD deluxe, 2LP deluxe smokey vinyl and an expanded deluxe 100+ track book pack as well as a digital version. Compiled in conjunction with Clannad band members.
The anthology will both delight and excite Clannad’s enormous and loyal fanbase as well as introduce this legendary, influential and culturally important band to a whole new generation of music fans.
In A Lifetime is available on the following formats:
Box Set (2LP + 4CD + 1LP + 7’’ single)
2LP Anthology smokey
2CD media book
IN A LIFETIME the band’s farewell world tour, is due to recommence in September with 23 North American shows followed by nine UK shows:
29th The New Theatre, Oxford
31st St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
2nd Cambridge Corn Exchange
3rd York Barbican
4th Usher Hall, Edinburgh
6th The Forum, Bath
8th Brighton Dome
9th Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
10th London Palladium