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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    This download features a PDF of all track listings, lyrics and rare images of the group.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Hot Press Review :

    "Behind the Closed Eye is for lovers of nature and gentleness. Experienced reinventors of Irish traditional music Anúna have joined in a cross-cultural production with the Ulster Orchestra to create a beautifully rounded album which carries the listener through a changing landscape of season, mood, history and lore. Much of it is inspired by the poetry [of] Francis Ledwidge, an Irish poet from Slane in County Meath.

    Behind the Closed Eye opens with the warm laziness of “August”, a soft ode to a beautiful woman, in which Michael McGlynn adds his even, solo voice to the rich harmonies of Anúna. Woman as inspiration is carried into the second track, “Aisling” an instrumental piece, full of nobility and tinged with sadness.

    This song, along with so many in Behind the Closed Eye, connects us to the ancient nature poets of Ireland, and the spirits that they beheld in the land. Its an album that takes you on a journey back, whilst remaining contemporary through its classical, orchestral rendering of Irish tradition in its widest, most inclusive sense.

    Many of these songs are as gaeilge, though the words transcend their individual meanings to become a gateway to dreamlike, serene states of mind. My personal favourites are the songs which use the words of poet Francis Ledwidge, who died fighting in the first world war at the tender age of 30.

    Its fitting that Behind the Closed Eye - a brilliant testimony to the combined talents of so many gifted people - should be released during the week that we remember those vanquished in that senseless war. With this beautiful album, Anúna and the Ulster Orchestra have healed some of the innocence lost."

    Includes unlimited streaming of Behind the Closed Eye via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 16 ANÚNA releases available on Bandcamp and save 50%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Songs of the Whispering Things, Sunshine | Shadows, ANÚNA, Deep Dead Blue, Christmas with Anúna, Sanctus, Winter Songs, Fionnghuala (Remix 2015), and 8 more. , and , .

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Reviews :

"Behind the Closed Eye is for lovers of nature and gentleness. Experienced reinventors of Irish traditional music Anúna have joined in a cross-cultural production with the Ulster Orchestra to create a beautifully rounded album which carries the listener through a changing landscape of season, mood, history and lore...a brilliant testimony to the combined talents of so many gifted people"
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released June 1, 1997

Composed By Michael McGlynn
Performed by Anúna & The Ulster Orchestra

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ANÚNA Dublin, Ireland

"...thrilling, life-affirming..."
"...enchanting sonic tapestry..."
"...a place where the heavens meet the horizon..."

Falling into no category easily, Anúna remain at the fringe of contemporary music after over a quarter of a century of life. Timeless, ancient and simultaneously relevant to this world.
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