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Published on Aug 17, 2009
Pictures of the Scottish countryside taken from across Scotland. Accompanied by the music of Enya (Smaointe - Thoughts ) . Enya was born Eithne Ni Bhraonain in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, to a musical family in the early 1960s. Her first language, as well as her name, is Gaelic; Enya is an English spelling of the pronunciation of her first name. She and several of her eight siblings inherited their parents’ musical abilities and were involved in the Irish folk group, Clannad. In 1982 though, Enya left the group to find follow her own inspiration. To pursue this goal she traveled to Dublin, where she rented a room in the home of former Clannad manager Nicky Ryan. She struck up a working relationship with Ryan’s wife, Roma, who began providing Enya with lyrics for her compositions. Eventually, in 1985, Enya was contracted to score a film for David Puttnam entitled The Frog Prince. This opportunity led to her real breakthrough, recording the soundtrack of the BBC television series “The Celts.” Music from this project was released on the album Enya by Atlantic Records. Though critic Michael Tearson of Audio pointed out that Enya “is not as elaborate” as the artist’s later Watermark, he recommended it “as a fitting companion” to the more popular album.