I'm delighted to introduce to you my new album "Under Illusions". It’s a fusion of folk and country with a contemporary Celtic sound. With an eclectic mix of songs ranging from Irish classic hits such as Bagatelle's "Second Violin" and Brendan Graham's "Isle of hope" in which I had the pleasure of singing a duet with my five year old niece Kate Lavery; to more contemporary songs such as George Harrison's "I've got my mind set on you" which I've given a quirky Celtic makeover!
Song writing has always been my main passion so included on the album are eight of my own compositions including my hit "Angels may call" which is a song about childhood memories and loss that I'd like to dedicate this to all those who are affected by cancer. I hope this song will bring you some comfort.
I hope you enjoy listening to my new music and be sure to visit my website, Facebook and Twitter pages for any updates about my music and to say hello.
Clanna is a Northern Irish singer/song writer from County Armagh who has been singing and performing from a young age. She grew up in a musical family in which traditional Irish and Country music played a major part of her life, and went on to travel around the UK and Europe in her family folk band, The Hanna Sisters, writing and performing at festivals alongside artists such stars as The Fureys, and Philomena Begley, as well as touring in 2001, with Dominic Kirwan. This led to the band winning the coveted Irish World Award that year for Best New Act.
Clanna also studied music at the University of Ulster, and eventually became a music teacher deciding to go to London to teach while continuing her passion to write songs. She put her writing talents to good use and won three awards, the most prestigious of which came from the Criminal Justice System in which she lead and collaborated in a song called, Who’s to Say, written about the families and victims of knife crime in London. This had the unique honour of being the first song ever to be released online by the British Government.
Building on these triumphs, Clanna continued to work with a broad spectrum of musician's and writers in the industry including producer John Tilley, who was a member of the successful rock band Kubb, and Paulo Nutini’s band. In 2012, Clanna took up the opportunity to write a song for members of the Irish Olympic team which was entitled We Are The Irish. The single was released on itunes and Amazon, and received positive airplay on various national radio stations.
“Spectacular tune and a great anthem for the Irish. I can imagine this being chanted around a stadium”
- (Verculum Radio)
It was through social media that earlier this year Clanna became friends with The Marcel Fisser Band. They are famous as the resident band on the hit TV show The Best Singer in the Netherlands where famous artists cover each other’s songs. Marcel invited Clanna to Holland to record her songs at the Fendalsound studio in Loenen aan de Vecht. The songs have a unique contemporary Celtic sound, easy listening with folk and country undertones. They are emotion provoking, music that touches the soul and melts the heart.
“Just good honest music with a unique sound”
- George Jones (Downtown Radio)
Her voice has been described as soulful and unique, one of the most beautiful you will ever hear. With her broad spectrum of musical influences such as Dolly Parton, Eva Cassidy, Alison Krauss, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, Keith Whitley, Nancy Griffith, and Liam Reilly. She’s looking forward to releasing the rest of the material she’s written over the next few months which is already getting great reviews over the pond:
“These songs have such a raw and simple beauty. Angels may call is a beautiful and deep little ditty full of memories and has a great use of visual lyrics, her heart laid bare.”
- Taximusic (USA)
Watch this space as Clanna is a fantastic up and coming singer/songwriter that is too good to miss!
album ~ 2 Nov 2017