Enya: 1986 cover of The Celts soundtrack

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The Memory of Trees to A Day Without Rain

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The Best of the Articles & Interviews

Enya through Watermark:

By far, the best of the Hot Picks are from this era. Enya was a fresh face, a fresh voice, bringing out music that no one had ever heard before. She was interviewed by some of the best music industry reporters. At 27 years old and not entirely certain of how long her career would last, Enya was far more open in her responses than she would be eight years later with the release of The Memory of Trees. In her responses, you can sense the excitement and the determination of a young woman standing on the brink of an extraordinary career.

If you read nothing else out of this era, you have to read the articles published in Hot Press magazine. Hot Press reporters Bill Graham and Niall Stokes not only interviewed Enya, but captured the excitement and expectation of a young artist at the start of her career.

Enya, the Latest Score, Hot Press. Spring 1987. Bill Graham.
The article precedes the airing of the BBC documentary, The Celts, for which Enya provided the score.

Going with the Flow, Hot Press October 1988. Niall Stokes
Niall Stokes' late-night interview with Enya and Nicky Ryan at the old Artane Aigle Studio is just damn fine reporting, full of the edgy excitement of listening to Watermark prior to its release and wondering where the music will take this creative trio.

Growing with the Flow, Hot Press. November 1988. Niall Stokes
Niall Stokes once again interviews Enya, this time after her successful Top of the Pops appearance and the rise of Orinoco Flow to #1 on the charts. When a frail girl is surrounded by hundreds of fans at a record signing in Dublin, what does the future portend?

Around the World in 300 Days, Hot Press. December 1989. Enya and Roma Ryan.
Enya's own account of the nearly one-year around-the-world promotional trip she undertook for Watermark. If she wasn't exhausted by the time she stopped promoting the album, you will be by the time you finish this whirl-wind, non-stop, account of her travels.

The Country Girl, Tracks. January 1989.

Enya, Clannad's Little Sister Sails Away, Musician. May 1989.
A competently written interview with a strong focus on the recording techniques for Watermark. When I read articles like this, I regret that Enya is no longer interviewed by magazines that cater to musicians or those in the recording industry. Articles like this provide a little meat to readers who have tired of hearing about 'twelve little stories.'

Miss Prim of Pop, Daily Mail. January 1989. Anne Barraclough.
Enya's public image then, and perhaps even now, is that of a reclusive woman devoted only to music, prim, proper, straight-laced. Somewhere the reporters have begun to notice that Enya will not talk about her private life. Anne Barraclough might have been among the first to point that out.

No Sex and the Single Girl, Mail on Sunday. February 1989. Max Bell.
If Enya's Miss Prim of Pop, Miss No-interest-in-boyfriends naturally follows. Interviewed at the Ryan's Artane home, Enya addreses and dismisses the public perception that she's controlled by the Ryan's. Her final statement, "Above all, I want to make my mark," says it all.

Shepherd Moons

It was a still-wary but more media-savvy Enya who rolled out Shepherd Moons in late 1991. Reporters who had met her previously during the Watermark promotion noted that Enya approached interviews with more confidence. Perhaps she did, but Nicky Ryan was still often at her side. There's something else journalists began to fix upon during the roll-out of Shepherd Moons: Enya's private life. And as reporters note that she still won't talk about her life outside of music, the barbs they throw have more sting to them.

Haunting, Ethereal, Mystical. Q Magazine. May 1992. Giles Smith.

Shepherd Moons Rise over the Watermark. Irish Times. October 1991.
Joe Jackson. A more media-savvy and wary Enya confronts the press at the release of Shepherd Moons.

Enigmatic Enya moves ahead with Shepherd Moons. The Boston Globe. Jim Sullivan. December 1991. This is the first of Jim Sullivan's interviews with Enya. He would interview her again during the promotion of The Memory of Trees.

A Day in the Life of Enya. The Sunday TImes. Anne McFerrin. Mid-1992.
Enya may bang her head against the wall when she remembers this interview. With comments about her Japanese massage bed, her love of the 'drama of clothes', and meticulous attention to making breakfast, this is Enya at her blondest. But beyond the silly remarks, there are plenty of comments that indicate an intensely driven artist with a few worries on her mind. When reading the article take into consideration that Enya may have been interviewed at length and then the reporter pulled the quotes out of context for effect. Read the article and smile: this is an Enya just realizing that she has a career that may last beyond one or two albums.