nya: And Winter Came


New album for Enya

Off the Record by Mike Farragher

Irish Voice, Online, October 15, 2008

ENYA, the Donegal-born singer who has sold 70 million records worldwide to become Ireland’s best selling artist, revealed this week that a new album is on the way. She is also in discussions with promoters to perform a number of one-off shows.

“I know it’s been 20 years,” Enya told a packed press conference, “but we’re always talking about how exciting it would be to do a live performance of this music. But it has to be the right moment.”

Enya: promo photo from Only Time: The Collection

We’ve heard this from the Enya camp before, of course. She always flirts with a tour and nothing ever comes of it, but there are more things pointing to an Enya tour this time around.

Her longstanding producer Nicky Ryan confirmed to Irish music magazine Hot Press that a live show is in the pipeline – though it is by no means certain that it will go ahead.

“There are serious talks going on at the moment,” he said. “I think it would be a good idea. At this stage we either do it or we don’t. We were talking to America on Wednesday about the possibility of doing a performance. Our preference would be to do it in Europe. It wouldn’t be a tour, just a performance, and we would film it.”

As for the new album? It’s called And Winter Came, and it was originally destined to be a Christmas album, but now features 10 original tracks from Enya and two traditional hymns.

The disc will reportedly pay tribute to the late, great Irish guitarist Jimmy Faulkner in a track entitled My, My, Time Flies. The track was the last one recorded for the highly anticipated record, which is scheduled for release on November 7 in Ireland and November 10 in the U.K.

“We had 11 tracks done,” Ryan revealed. “But we just wanted to do something for Jimmy. He was one of the unsung heroes, a really unassuming guy and a great guitar player. There’s a lot of them out there, and so it was something we felt strongly about. So it became the final track.”

Played separately, as it had not yet been slotted into the album’s running order, it is a real departure for Enya, featuring a sweet guitar solo by Dublin blues musician Pat Farrell. “His playing is great. He’s another one of those unsung heroes,” Ryan added.

The vice president of Warner, John Reid, presented the singer with a special set of mounted records to mark the 20th anniversary of her breakthrough record Watermark during a press conference to announce the new album. Not surprisingly, he declared it to be “Enya’s best work yet.”

“We only just finished the record, so I’m really excited about it,” Enya told the press. “It’s all so fresh, it’s brilliant. I’m only really hearing things in their final running order for the first time. It’s been so hectic for the past two months, but it is brilliant now to have it ready.”

Note: Transcribed by Book of Days.