Heart Strings (Moya Brennan album)
Heart Strings is a live album by Irish singer Moya Brennan. The album was released in September 2008, but was available to fans throughout Brennan's Spring 2008 tour of the Netherlands, it was recorded at her concerts on 21 October 2007 in the Philharmonic Hall, in November 2007 in Germany. A new version featuring "Harry's Game" was released in 2009; the version of the album available during Moya Brennan's Spring 2008 tour sounds different the strings being lower in volume. The front cover of the album varies, with the placing of "Live with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra" at the bottom of the cover on the large-scale item; the track "Harry's Game" does not feature on the Spring 2008 tour item, was added to the large distributed release. The German and Finnish releases have an alternative cover. "Tapestry" "Perfect Time" "Mhorag’s Na Horo Gheallaidh" "Alasdair MacColla" "Molly Fair" "Sailing Away" "Gone Are the Days" "Tunes Medley" "I Will Find You" "Merry-Go-Round" "No One Talks" "In a Lifetime" "Against the Wind" "Theme from Harry's Game" News related to this release - 2007–present
Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding, its position was improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes. In 2004, Atlantic and its sister label. Craig Kallman is the chairman of Atlantic. Ahmet Ertegün served as founding chairman until his death on December 14, 2006, at age 83. In 1944, brothers Nesuhi and Ahmet Ertegun remained in the United States when their mother and sister returned to Turkey after the death of their father Munir Ertegun, Turkey's first ambassador to the U. S; the brothers were fans of jazz and rhythm & blues, amassing a collection of over 15,000 78 RPM records.
Ahmet ostensibly stayed in Washington to undertake post-graduate music studies at Georgetown University but immersed himself in the Washington music scene and entered the record business, enjoying a resurgence after wartime restrictions on the shellac used in manufacture. He convinced the family dentist, Dr. Vahdi Sabit, to invest $10,000 and hired Herb Abramson, a dentistry student. Abramson had worked as a part-time A&R manager/producer for the jazz label National Records, signing Big Joe Turner and Billy Eckstine, he had no interest in its most successful musicians. In September 1947, he sold his share in Jubilee to his partner, Jerry Blaine, invested $2,500 in Atlantic. Atlantic was run by Abramson and Ertegun. Abramson's wife Miriam ran the label's publishing company, Progressive Music, did most office duties until 1949 when Atlantic hired its first employee, bookkeeper Francine Wakschal, who remained with the label for the next 49 years. Miriam gained a reputation for toughness. Staff engineer Tom Dowd recalled, "Tokyo Rose was the kindest name some people had for her" and Doc Pomus described her as "an extraordinarily vitriolic woman".
When interviewed in 2009, she attributed her reputation to the company's chronic cash-flow shortage: "... most of the problems we had with artists were that they wanted advances, and, difficult for us... we were undercapitalized for a long time." The label's office in the Ritz Hotel in Manhattan proved too expensive, so they moved to a room in the Hotel Jefferson. In the early fifties, Atlantic moved from the Hotel Jefferson to offices at 301 West 54th St and to 356 West 56th St. Atlantic's first recordings were issued in late January 1948 and included "That Old Black Magic" by Tiny Grimes and "The Spider" by Joe Morris. In its early years, Atlantic concentrated on modern jazz although it released some country and western and spoken word recordings. Abramson produced "Magic Records", children's records with four grooves on each side, each groove containing a different story, so the story played would be determined by the groove in which the stylus happened to land. In late 1947, James Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians, announced an indefinite ban on all recording activities by union musicians, this came into effect on January 1, 1948.
The union action forced Atlantic to use all its capital to cut and stockpile enough recordings to last through the ban, expected to continue for at least a year. Ertegun and Abramson spent much of the late 1940s and early 1950s scouring nightclubs in search of talent. Ertegun composed songs under the alias "A. Nugetre", including Big Joe Turner's hit "Chains of Love", recording them in booths in Times Square giving them to an arranger or session musician. Early releases included music by Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, The Cardinals, The Clovers, Frank Culley, The Delta Rhythm Boys, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Tiny Grimes, Al Hibbler, Earl Hines, Johnny Hodges, Jackie & Roy, Lead Belly, Meade Lux Lewis, Professor Longhair, Shelly Manne, Howard McGhee, Mabel Mercer, James Moody, Joe Morris, Art Pepper, Django Reinhardt, Pete Rugolo, Pee Wee Russell, Bobby Short, Sylvia Syms, Billy Taylor, Sonny Terry, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Yancey, Sarah Vaughan, Mal Waldron, Mary Lou Williams. In early 1949, a New Orleans distributor phoned Ertegun to obtain Stick McGhee's "Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee", unavailable due to the closing of McGhee's previous label.
Ertegun knew Stick's younger brother Brownie McGhee, with whom Stick happened to be staying, so he contacted the McGhee brothers and re-recorded the song. When released in February 1949, it became Atlantic's first hit, selling 400,000 copies, reached No. 2 after spending six months on the Billboard R&B chart – although McGhee himself earned just $10 for the session. Atlantic's fortunes rose rapidly: recorded 187 songs were recorded in 1949, more than three times the amount from the previous two years, received overtures for a manufacturing and distribution deal with Columbia, which would pay Atlantic a 3% royalty on every copy sold. Ertegun asked about artists' royalties, which he paid, this surprised Columbia executives, who did not, the deal was scuttled. On the recommendation of broadcaster Willis Conover and Abramson visited Ruth Brown at the Crystal Caverns club in Washington and invited her to audition for Atlantic, she was injured in a car accident en route to New York City, but Atlantic supported her for nine months and signed her.
Green to Gold (song)
"Green to Gold" is a song by Irish singer Moya Brennan and rock group Grand Canal, it was released in Ireland in 2008 as the Official song for the 2008 Irish Olympic Team, with profits from the sale of the CD being used to support the development of amateur sports in Ireland "Green to Gold" "If You Knew"
Moya Brennan, born Máire Ní Bhraonáin known as Máire Brennan, is an Irish folk singer, songwriter and philanthropist. She is the older sister of Brídín Brennan, she began performing professionally in 1970 when her family formed the band Clannad, is considered as the "First Lady of Celtic Music". Moya released her first solo album in 1992 called Máire, a successful venture, she has won an Emmy Award. She has recorded music including Titanic, To End All Wars and King Arthur. Máire Philomena Ní Bhraonáin was born in Dublin after her parents eloped from County Donegal to marry in County Louth. Máire grew up as the eldest child of a musical family in the remote parish of Gweedore, a Gaeltacht area in County Donegal, where the Irish language and tradition continue to flourish, her mother Máire was a music teacher and her father, Leo Brennan, was a member of a cabaret band with whom she performed as a child. Moya is the eldest of nine children, she has four sisters, Eithne, Olive and Brídín, four brothers, Ciarán, Pól, Leon and Bartley.
She sang along with her siblings in the family pub, Leo's Tavern in the village of Meenaleck, a short distance from the family home. She took part in pantomimes at the local Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair. After leaving secondary school, Brennan spent a few years at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin studying the harp, the piano and singing, she has taught music at Holy Cross College in Falcarragh, County Donegal. It was during this time in 1970 that Brennan joined her two brothers Pól and Ciarán and their mother's twin brothers Noel and Pádraig Ó Dúgáin and formed Clannad, they were introduced to television by Tony MacMahon. After enjoying a decade of being among the world's foremost Irish musical groups, Clannad graduated to chart success in 1982 with the album Magical Ring. Brennan was at the forefront of the group's success and her voice became synonymous with Celtic music and Irish music at the time. Brennan recorded 17 albums with Clannad and has won a Grammy, a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello award with the quintet.
Her sister Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, who spent a while with Clannad, continues to pursue a successful solo career under the name Enya. Following their 2008 reunion tour, it was announced that Moya would be working on a new unplugged album with Clannad for release in 2009, this never came to fruition. Brennan released her first solo album in Máire, on Atlantic Records. Misty Eyed Adventures on BGM followed three years later. In 1998, Brennan signed with Word Records and released Perfect Time, Whisper to the Wild Water a year later; the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 2001. Brennan is managed by her brother Leon Ó Braonáin, her music is classified as New Age or Celtic. She accepts the Celtic label, but has at times indicated a slight discomfort with being seen as "New Age" as much of her music is Christian, with several of her songs centring on maintaining a relationship with Jesus; some of her songs show influences from her Roman Catholic upbringing or seem relational due to her own views concerning Mary, the mother of Jesus.
In 2000, her autobiography, The Other Side of the Rainbow. was published and she performed her song "Perfect Time" live at World Youth Day in Rome in front of crowds of pilgrims and Pope John Paul II. There were 2.1 million people present, making it the largest crowd gathered in the Northern Hemisphere. She considered it. Moya recorded on the event's album, One, she recorded a duet with Booley, now known as Duke Special. The song, titled "Peace Has Broken Out", is about the Troubles in Ireland. In film, she was featured vocalist on King Arthur, co-writing the title theme "Tell Me Now" with Hans Zimmer and wrote additional music score for To End All Wars. In 1995, she duetted with Shane MacGowan. Brennan has collaborated with many other musicians, including Chicane, Alan Parsons, Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Michael McDonald from the Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Elliott, The Chieftains, Paul Young, Paul Brady, Michael Crawford, Joe Jackson and Ronan Keating. In total Brennan has recorded 25 albums, has sold 20 million records.
Since 2002, she has promoted herself as Moya Brennan — a spelling resembling the phonetic pronunciation of her name for those not familiar with the Irish variant of the spelling – and, in 2009, she changed her name by deed poll. Under this moniker she released an album entitled Two Horizons in 2003 under her new label, Universal, she has collaborated with dance artist Chicane for performing the vocals on the single "Saltwater", featured in the VisitScotland advertising campaign, as well as having been used by Fáilte Ireland to promote Ireland, by Belfast city council, both in television adverts. On 17 March 2004, she performed at the Speaker's Luncheon on Capitol Hill in front of President George W. Bush and Irish dignitaries. During the World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, she performed with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vigil in front of a million people and was part of the official WYD CD Building on World. 2006 saw the release of her Christmas album entitled'An Irish Christmas', although it was planned to bear the title'Love Came Down'.
A year Brennan released her album'Signature', which she described as
Gaeltacht is an Irish-language word for any Irish-speaking region. In Ireland, the term Gaeltacht refers individually to any, or collectively to all, of the districts where the government recognises that the Irish language is the predominant vernacular, or language of the home; the Gaeltacht districts were first recognised during the 1920s in the early years of the Irish Free State, following the Gaelic Revival, as part of a government policy aimed at restoring the Irish language. It is now recognised. Research published in 2015 showed that of the 155 electoral divisions in the Gaeltacht, only 21 are communities where Irish is spoken on a daily basis by two-thirds or more of the population. Two-thirds is regarded by some academics as a tipping point for language survival. In 1926 the official Gaeltacht was designated as a result of the report of the first Gaeltacht Commission Coimisiún na Gaeltachta; the exact boundaries were not defined. The quota at the time for classification as Gaeltacht was 25%+ of the population to be Irish-speaking, although in many cases Gaeltacht status was accorded to areas that were linguistically weaker than this.
The Irish Free State recognised that there were predominately Irish-speaking or semi-Irish-speaking districts in 15 of its 26 counties. In the 1950s another Gaeltacht Commission concluded, it recommended that Gaeltacht status be based on the strength of language use in an area. In the 1950s, Gaeltacht districts were defined and excluded many areas in which the number of Irish speakers had declined. Gaeltacht areas were recognised in seven of the state's 26 counties; the Gaeltacht boundaries have not been altered since apart from minor changes: The inclusion of An Clochán and Cé Bhréanainn in County Kerry in 1974. A study in 2005 by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta said that Gaeltacht schools were facing a crisis, it forecast. This would threaten the future of the Gaeltacht. Parents felt that the educational system did not support their efforts to pass on Irish as a living language to their children; the study added that a significant number of Gaeltacht schools had switched to teaching in English, others were wavering.
In 2002 the third Coimisiún na Gaeltachta stated in its report that the erosion of the use of Irish in the Gaeltacht was now such that it was only a matter of time before the Gaeltacht disappeared. In some areas, Irish had ceased to be a community language. In the strongest Gaeltacht areas, current patterns of bilingualism were leading to the dominance of English. Policies implemented by the State and voluntary groups were having no effect; the report recommended that a new language reinforcement strategy was required, one that had the confidence of the community itself. The Commission recommended, among many other things, that the boundaries of the official Gaeltacht should be redrawn, it recommended a comprehensive linguistic study to assess the vitality of the Irish language in the remaining Gaeltacht districts. The study was undertaken by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. On 1 November 2007 Staidéar Cuimsitheach Teangeolaíoch ar Úsáid na Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht was published. Concerning Gaeltacht boundaries, it suggested creating three linguistic zones within the Gaeltacht region: A – 67%/+ daily Irish speaking – Irish dominant as the community language B – 44%–66% daily Irish speaking – English dominant, with large Irish-speaking minority C – 43%/- daily Irish speaking – English dominant, but with Irish-speaking minority much higher than the national average of Irish speakingThe report suggested that Category A districts should be the State's priority in providing services through Irish and development schemes.
It said that Category C areas that showed a further decline in the use of Irish should lose their Gaeltacht status. The 2006 Census data shows that of the 95,000 people living within the official Gaeltacht 17,000 belonged to Category A areas, 10,000 to Category B, 17,000 to Category C, leaving about 50,000 in Gaeltacht areas that did not meet the minimum criteria. In response to this situation, the government introduced the Gaeltacht Bill 2012, its stated aim was to provide for a new definition of boundaries based on language criteria, but it was criticised for doing the opposite of this. Critics drew attention to Section 7 of the Bill, which stated that all areas "currently within the Gaeltacht" would maintain their current Gaeltacht status, regardless of whether Irish was used; this status could only be revoked. The Bill was criticised for placing all responsibility for the maintenance of Irish on voluntary organisations, with no increase in government resources; the annual report in 2012 by the Language Commissioner for Irish reinforced these criticisms by emphasising the failure of the State to provide Irish-language services to Irish speakers in the Gae
You're the One (Shane MacGowan & Máire Brennan song)
"You're the One" is a duet by Máire Brennan and Shane MacGowan taken from the soundtrack to the motion picture Circle of Friends. A promotional video was made to accompany the single featuring clips from the film in addition specially recorded shots of Máire and Shane; the two B-sides to the single are taken from Shane's album The Snake. Compact Disc"You're the One" "Aisling" "Victoria"
Jealous Heart (Máire Brennan song)
"Jealous Heart" was Máire Brennan's second solo single, taken from her album Máire released the same year. The cover features a photograph by the Douglas Brothers. A promotional video directed by the Douglas Brothers was produced; the title track of the single was written by Christie Hennessy. 7" Vinyl & Cassette"Jealous Heart" "Cití na gCumann"Compact Disc"Jealous Heart" "Jealous Heart" "Against the Wind" "Cití na gCumann"