CANVAS is the ninth solo album from the First Lady of Celtic Music, Moya Brennan. This collection of original songs is steeped in her Celtic roots - Moya comes from Donegal in the NW of Ireland. But, more than ever before, the album has a contemporary twist due in no small part to her co-writers / composers, daughter, Aisling and son, Paul, both in their early 20’s with strong ambient electronica and contemporary singer-songwriter influences. Moya’s haunting, ethereal, vocals have been her unique hallmark both in her years with Celtic music pioneers, Clannad, and in her own solo recordings and film work. The album contains some songs in Moya’s native language, Gaeilge, while other songs celebrate, for instance,
elemental/environmental themes or lament the child victims of needless war and conflict. Musically the record unveils a spectrum from poignant, fragile beauty through to dramatic,
symphonic peaks. The album title comes from Moya’s
rediscovery of her love for painting. She painted the cover and
art featured throughout the CD package.
Canvas combines the simplicity, depth and beauty of the
extraordinary skills which makes Moya unique in her field.
Grammy award winner Moya has sung on most of the world’s
great stages and has collaborated with many notable artists
including Bono, The Chieftains, Bruce Hornsby and Robert
Plant. Among her movie credits is her collaboration
(and co-writing of the end title song) with Hans Zimmer on