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FAQ [alt.music.enya] Frequently Asked Questions

From: Kevin Martin <enyafaq@brasscannon.org>
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Summary: Frequently asked questions, and their answers, about the Irish
         musician Enya. It should be read by anyone considering posting
         questions to alt.music.enya.
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2003 11:07:26 +0000 (UTC)

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Last-modified: 2003/07/04
Version: 106

  Enya - Frequently Asked Questions      Issue 106           4 July 2003

META INFO ==============================================================
Current maintainer: Kevin Martin <enyafaq@brasscannon.org>

                              PLEASE NOTE!
    The answers in this FAQ were all contributed by third parties; I
    have no special connection to Eithne Brennan, the Ryans, enya.com,
    Warner/Reprise, or anyone else directly associated with "Enya".

    To those of you who have contributed:  My thanks.

    I cannot forward mail or email to Ms. Brennan, nor do I have any
    mailing addresses for her (other than the ones listed below).

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QUESTIONS ==============================================================
* = updated

1. Enya
  1.1  Enya is Eithne Brennan...
  1.2  ... plus Roma and Nicky Ryan
  1.3  Clannad and afterward
  1.4  Enya's big break

2. Enya's Work
  2.1  Enya's discography
  2.2  Sheet music and books
  2.3  Some of her songs aren't in English. What other languages...?
  2.4  Where can I get translations?
  2.5  Was that Enya I heard --?
  2.6  ... or was it someone else?

3. Enya's Friends
  3.1  Apart from Clannad has she appeared on any other artists' records?
  3.2  Who is Ridley Scott and why is/was Aldebaran dedicated to him?
  3.3  Who are Rob Dickins and Ross mentioned in Orinoco_Flow?
  3.4  What do the Irish dedications mean?
  3.5  Who are Miss Clare and Miss Quinn?
  3.6  Any news of Clannad and the rest of the family?

4. Outside the Studio
  4.1  Does she tour?  (Maybe soon)
  4.2  How many records has she sold?
  4.3  Have any articles or interviews been transcribed?
  4.4  Are any Enya posters available?
  4.5  Are there any fan clubs?
  4.6  What other artists make music similar to Enya's?

5. Enya and the Net
  5.1  What's her address? Is she on the Net?
  5.2  Are fonts of the "Enya" typefaces available?
  5.3  Are there any Enya sound files available?
  5.4  I heard something terrible happened to Enya!
  5.5  Other "Enyas"
  5.6  Which Usenet newsgroups discuss Enya?
  5.7  Is there a mailing list?
  5.8  Where is all this information archived?
  5.9  Why not post my binary stuff right here?

ANSWERS ================================================================

1.  Enya

1.1  Enya is Eithne Brennan...

To spell Irish names properly requires diacritical or "accent" marks which
do not always display properly in a Usenet posting. I am going to include
them in this section for the sake of correctness, but will try to do without
them in the rest of the FAQ.

"Enya" is a phonetic spelling of the Irish name Eithne, a name that comes
from ancient legend.  [Appendix 1]

Eithne's maternal grandparents' last name was Ó Dugáin (Duggan) and, of
course, this is also the last name of their children Pádraig, Noel and
Máire (Eithne's mother, also known as Baba). When Baba married Leo Ó
Braonáin (Leo Brennan), her last name became Uí Bhraonáin and their
children's last names were, in consequence, also Ó Braonáin for the boys,
or Ní Bhraonáin for the girls.

The Brennans played in a dance band before settling down.  Her father Leo
ran a local pub, Leo's Tavern in Min na Leice (Meenalech), and her mother
Baba taught music in the local school.  They settled in the small village
of Dobhar (Dore, in English) in the Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) region of
County Donegal in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland.

Eithne was born on May 17th 1961, one of nine children: Máire, Ciarán, Pól,
Deirdre, Leon, Eithne, Bartley, Olive, and Bridin.  We don't know what time
of day she was born; the question has been asked, but her mother doesn't
recall or won't say.  (Yes, her grandmother, mother, and oldest sister are
all named Máire.)

Eithne now lives in Killiney, a coastal district on the southern outskirts
of Dublin, and in London.

1.2  ... plus Roma and Nicky Ryan

"Enya" is also a trademark, held jointly by Eithne and her long-time
partners, Nicky and Roma Ryan.  Although fronted by Eithne ("Enya")
herself, the music released under her name is the result of a collaboration
between Enya (music/arrangements), Nicky Ryan (production/arrangements) and
Roma Ryan (lyrics). Enya has said in several interviews that without any
one of them 'Enya' could not exist.

To understand who the Ryans are and how they came to be part of Enya, it
helps to know a bit more about her connection to the group Clannad.

1.3  Clannad and afterward

Pádraig Ó Dugáin (Patrick Duggan) and Noel Ó Dugáin (Noel Duggan) are
Eithne's uncles.  Ciarán Ó Braonáin (Ciaran Brennan) and Pól Ó Braonáin
(Paul Brennan) are her brothers.  In 1968 they formed the band An Clann As
Dobhair* and began to perform traditional Irish music at festivals.

 *Pronounced "an Clannador" (approximately); "The Family from Dore"

Changing their name to Clannad, and recruiting sister Maire in 1973, the
band went on to international success performing both traditional and
original material.

After leaving school Eithne joined Clannad in 1980 and, credited under her
real name, provided keyboards and (mostly) backing vocals.  She appears
without a credit on their 1980 album _Crann_Ull_, and, properly credited,
on _Fuaim_ (1982).

(Mike Hoffman reports that Enya's first TV appearance was on "Sunday,
Sunday with Gloria Hunniford" in 1980.)

For a while Clannad was on the Tara Music label, and the web site at
http://www.taramusic.com/clannad.htm has pictures of Eithne as a member of

Two other songs taped during this period were not released until 1996, when
they appeared on a compilation album called _Celtic Folk Festival_
according to a report in the newsgroup.

In 1982 Clannad split with their long time manager and producer Nicky Ryan.
Nicky had some theories about acoustics, and found in Eithne the perfect
artist to explore them.  Eithne in turn found the painstaking production
process that Nicky required was a perfect match for her temperament and
skills.  Eithne left Clannad and moved to Dublin to live with Nicky and
his wife Roma.

In 1983 Eithne recorded the instrumental pieces "An Ghaoth On Ghrian (The
Solar Wind)" and "Miss Clare Remembers" which were released the following
year on a compilation album titled _Touch_Travel_.  Fachtna O'Kelly, who
had been Clannad's manager, was acquainted with the partners at the label
and brought Eithne's music to their attention.

Film producer David Puttnam heard some demonstration tapes sent to him by
Roma Ryan. He commissioned Eithne to write music for his film
_The_Frog_Prince_, a romantic comedy set in France, which was released in
1985. ("A young British girl journeys to Paris to go to college, and is
determined to find the man of her dreams and fall madly in love. However,
things don't work out quite the way she planned."  The title is a play on
words.) In the end only a few of her pieces were used and these were
arranged and performed by others. The film was released as _The_French_
Lesson_ in the US. (On the soundtrack album, re-released in 1995, there are
two vocal tracks performed by Enya that did not appear in the film.)

The titles on _The_Frog_Prince_ credit music to Enya Ni Bhraonain, and so
the transition from 'Eithne' to 'Enya' began.

In 1986 BBC-TV began work on a six part documentary series charting the
history and continuing cultural influence of the Celts. Enya was signed to
write and perform music for the series. _The_Celts_ was first shown in 1987
and a selection of its music released under the title _Enya_, giving the
artist her first album, though it went largely unnoticed at the time.

1.4  Enya's 'big break'

Enya's career really took off in 1987 when she was signed by Rob Dickins,
head of WEA Music UK, after he had heard and been entranced by the _Enya_
album. Renowned as one of the most arrogant men in the business, Dickins
has a talent for promoting 'difficult' artists - no matter how long it

WEA's backing made the recording of _Watermark_ possible and the album was
released in 1988. Although no singles were originally planned, it was the
release Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) that brought Enya to public attention and
resulted in an unexpected chart number 1 in several countries.

The rest, as they say, is history....

2. Enya's Work

2.1 Enya's Discography

Rather than try to keep up with all the albums, CDs, singles and
rarities that Enya has produced over the years, it makes more sense
to refer you to sites where you can get current information.

For readers with World Wide Web access a comprehensive discography is
available at:


This is a restored version of Dave Allum's definitive Enya discography.
I'm sure we would all like to thank Dave, not only for his original work
but also for his gracious support of the new discographers, Jens Speh
and Jerome Allison.

In recent news, the Discography will be joining www.enya.com,
Enya's official website.

There is a biography and discography out in Spanish only:

        Author: Sergio Casado
        Publisher: Ediciones Catedra  (http://www.catedra.com/)
        Juan Iglacio Luca de Tena, 15. 28027 Madrid, Spain.

        ISBN 84-376-1696-4
        Published 1999
        130 pages. Incl. complete up-to-date discography.

Of course enya.com is the official site for all things Enya-related.

The Enya DVD:  Information about this item is almost as hard to
find as the DVD itself.  Reports on the newsgroup would seem to
indicate that it saw only a very limited release, mostly in Europe.
Information posted to the newsgroup indicates there are a few
bootleg versions, though.

2.2  Enya music books / sheet music

     Watermark (1988)
        Available from International Music Publications (ISBN
     1-85909-243-8, order number 2873A) and from Hal Leonard (order
     number HL00308160).

     Shepherd Moons (1991)
        Available from International Music Publications (ISBN
     1-85909-286-1, order number 3100A) and from Hal Leonard (order
     number HL00308133).

     The Best Of Enya (1996)
        Available from EMI Music Publishing / Hal Leonard (ISBN
     0-7935-4717-2, order number HL00306039). Contains twelve songs in
     simplified arrangements for the piano: 'Afer Ventus', 'Book Of
     Days', 'Caribbean Blue', 'The Celts', 'Fairytale', 'No Holly For
     Miss Quinn', 'On Your Shore', 'Orinoco Flow', 'Shepherd Moons',
     'Storms In Africa', 'To Go Beyond' and 'Watermark'.

     The Memory Of Trees (1996)
        Available from International Music Publications (ISBN
     1-85909-338-8, order number 3656A) and from EMI Music Publishing /
     Hal Leonard (ISBN 0-7935-6474-3, order number HL00306084)

     Enya Best Selection (1996)
        Rittor Music (Japan) Ltd. (ISBN 4-8456-0152-4) A collection
        of solo piano arrangements: 'Watermark', 'Miss Clare Remembers',
        'River', 'The Longships', 'Shepherd Moons', 'No Holly For Miss
        Quinn', 'Book Of Days', 'Lothlorien', 'From Where I Am',
        'Tea-House Moon'.

     Paint The Sky With Stars
        EMI Music Publishing/IMP (UK) ISBN 1-85909-554-2 Order No. 5987A
        Contains Piano, Vocal, Guitar for all 16 tracks on the album.

2.3  Some of her songs aren't in English. What other languages does she

Enya's non-English songs are generally sung in Irish, which is her first

Irish belongs to the Goidelic, or Gaelic, branch of the Celtic family of
languages. This branch consists of Irish, (Scottish) Gaelic and Manx.

Irish speakers refer to their language as 'Gaeilge' (i.e. Gaelic), but the
English word 'Gaelic', unqualified, normally refers only to Scottish
Gaelic. So when using standard English to describe Enya's native tongue it
is correct to say either 'Irish' or 'Irish Gaelic.' (And by the way -
Celtic is pronounced "Keltic," NOT "Seltic".)

Of the other songs, four are sung in Latin (Cursum Perficio, Afer Ventus,
Pax Deorum, Tempus Vernum), one is in Welsh (Dan Y Dwr), and one in Spanish
(La Sonadora).  Also, a few lines of French are sung in the mostly English
'Only If'.

With the release of the soundtrack for Lord of the Rings, we can add the
Elvish languages invented by J.R.R. Tolkien.  "May It Be" has a passage in
Quenya. The other Elvish language, called Sindarin, is sung by Enya in the
song "Aniron" (which in Sindarin means "I Desire").

2.4  Where can I get translations?

Daniel Quinlan maintains an excellent indexed hypertext set of translations
on the web at:


These are based in part on a compilation of material put together by Lyle
Corbin. Copies are available in both plain text and Word for Windows

2.5  Was that Enya I heard -- ?

Several of her pieces have been used in films and she has no problem 
getting commissions for original work:

     1990  Green Card              -  River, Storms In Africa, Watermark
     1991  L.A. Story              -  Epona, Exile, On Your Shore
     1992  Far And Away            -  Book Of Days (English version)
     1992  Sleepwalkers            -  Boadicea
     1992  Toys                    -  Ebudae
     1993  Age Of Innocence        -  Marble Halls
     1995  Cry The Beloved Country -  Exile
     2001  Sweet November          -  Only Time
     2002  Lord of the Rings       -  May It Be, Aniron

The BMI index indicates that she has written theme music used by at least
two TV news programs.

A number of her tracks have been used in TV commercials and also as
incidental music in numerous shows and documentaries.  This list is
not intended to be a complete one:

     - The CBS television series "Northern Exposure" was known for its
       sophisticated and eclectic mix of background music.  Enya's
       'Carribean Blue' was featured in the 2nd episode of the third
       season (1992), and 'Ebudae' was played during Cicely's "festival
       of lights" episode, #18 of the fourth season (1993).

     -"Orinoco Flow" (Sail Away) was used to promote Crystal Light soft
       drink mix.  More recently (and logically) it was used to promote
       a cruise line.

     -"Storms in Africa" was used to promote the NBC series "ER", but
       not in the program as aired.  It is also being used in ads for
       Ansett Airlines in Australia.

     -"Book of Days" was the closing theme for the Tom Cruise/Nicole
       Kidman movie "Far and Away."

     -"The Memory of Trees" played over the closing credits of the
       HBO movie _Shot Through the Heart_.

     -"Only Time" became something of a national hymn in the US following
       the 9/11/01 attacks.  It was incorporated into a large Flash
       presentation along with an exhaustive collection of news photos,
       still online at www.politicsandprotest.org (a note from their
       webmaster -- please do not link directly to the .swf file!  The
       framing page may direct you to a faster server if you give it
       a chance).

     -"May It Be" was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award and Golden
       Globe for Best Original Song in a motion picture.  It won awards
       from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Las Vegas 
       Film Critics (according to the Internet Movie Database, imdb.com).

2.6 ...or was it someone else?

Some ads that are NOT by Enya brought new fans to the newsgroup, asking
"Was that her?"  When in doubt, I suggest you check the revival of Dave 
Allum's excellent discography (see 2.1).

     - The Irish Tourism Board commercial aired in the US (1995-1996) is
     by Clannad, and the singer is Maire ("Moya") Brennan, Enya's sister.
     It was a special commission similar to - but not the same as -
     Clannad's theme for the Thames TV programme "Harry's Game."  You
     might want to check out "Clannad Themes", "Past/Present", or

     - A new ad for Irish tourism also features Moya, as sampled by
     a group (or is it a DJ?) called Chicane.

     - The Delta Airlines commercial aired in the US (1997) is by Miriam
     Stockley. The song is "Adiemus" from the album _Adiemus: Songs of
     Sanctuary_ (Virgin/Carol-7524-2).  You can hear RealAudio excerpts
     of her work at:


     - British Airways ads aired world-wide featuring various versions
     of "The Flower Duet" from the opera Lakme, by the composer Delibes.
     (You may have heard an arrangement of this song by Yanni, which he 
     calls "Aria.")

     - Many newsgroup participants have remarked on the "Enya-like"
     soundtrack of James Cameron's TITANIC.  The vocal performance
     is by a Norwegian artist named Sissel Kyrkjebo.

     - The 1999 release AT FIRST SIGHT, starring Val Kilmer, used an
     Enya-like tune in its advertising; but the credits say that the
     music for the film was written by Mark Isham, an active Hollywood

     - Several Napster users have mislabelled the song "Secret World"
     as an Enya tune.  It is actually by the Irish composer Ronan
     Hardiman, from his third album, 'Solas.'  He also composed the
     soundtrack of the musical show 'Lord of the Dance'."


3.  Enya's Friends

3.1  Apart from Clannad has she appeared on any other artists' records?

Quite a few:

     1983  Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh & Frankie Kennedy / Ceol Aduaidh
           Synthesizer on track An Clar Bog Deil. The duo later formed
           the folk band Altan.

     1985  Christy Moore / Ordinary Man
           Keyboards and backing vocals. Also credited as one of the
           album's arrangers.

     1987  Sinead O'Connor / The Lion And The Cobra
           Spoken passage from the Bible (Psalms 91:11-13), in Irish,
           on the track "Never Get Old."

     1991  Terry Reid / The Driver
           Recorded at London's Sarm West studios at the same time that
           the Enya team were there mixing _Shepherd_Moons_.  The album
           features several unaccredited guest artists, with Enya
           providing a typical multi-tracked backing vocal on "The
           Whole Of The Moon." Any other contributions from her are
           less obvious.

     1996  Clannad / Celtic Folk Festival
           This album features works by various artists including two
           previously unreleased tracks by Clannad from the period when
           Enya was a member of the band. Horo Gheallaid and Dulaman
           were recorded live at the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg Folk
           Festival at Utrecht, Holland, on 13 February 1982.

3.2  Who is Ridley Scott and why is/was Aldebaran dedicated to him?

Ridley Scott is a British film director with _Alien_, _Blade_Runner_, and
_Thelma_&_Louise_ among his better known works.  The dedication is believed
to be the result of Roma Ryan, Enya's lyricist, being a big fan of

This may be the best insight we have into another Frequently Asked 
Question:  "What sort of person would Enya choose as a friend?" Roma Ryan 
is creative and is interested in astronomy, "hard science," and science 

3.3  Who are Rob Dickins and Ross mentioned in Orinoco Flow?

     "we can sail, we can sail...
     we can steer, we can near with Rob Dickins at the wheel,
     we can sigh, say Goodbye Ross and his dependencies
     we can sail, we can sail..."

Rob Dickins (see the section on "Enya's big break") was the head of WEA
Music UK at the time, and was the executive producer of _Watermark_.  See
also the next section.

Ross Cullum was listed as the album's engineer, and also its co-producer
with Nicky Ryan and Enya. (A reader has noted that Mr. Cullum was actually
out sick the day of the recording.)

"The Ross Dependencies" is a geographic reference, only one of many in the
song.  It seems likely that Roma simply couldn't resist making a little
joke based on Ross's name.

3.4  What do the Irish dedications in the various album liner notes mean?


     Ta muid fiorbhuioch do Rob Dickins ar son an chuidiu agus an
           mhisneach a thug se duinn.

     We are truly grateful to Rob Dickins for the help and courage he
     gave us.


     Ar mbuiochas do Rob Dickins a d'fhan, "ag an stiuir".

     Our thanks to Rob Dickins who "stayed at the helm".


     Ba dheacair duinne an t-album seo a shamhlu gan focla spreagtha sin
     Rob Dickins.

     It would be difficult for us to imagine this album without those
     inspiring/encouraging words of Rob Dickins.


     Mar as gnath... mbuiochas do Rob Dickins

     As always... our thanks to Rob Dickins

3.5  Who are Miss Clare and Miss Quinn?

This is adapted from "Caribbean Blue", the magazine of the Enya
International Club:

      Mrs. Dora Saint, a former teacher, is better known as Miss Read,
      the author of many well-loved books, popular for their humorous
      and honest portraits of English rural life.  Two of these are
      _No Holly for Miss Quinn_ (1976) and _Miss Clare Remembers_

3.6  Any news of Clannad and the rest of the family?

Clannad have continued to perform and record. The album _Landmarks_ won the
1998 Grammy for Best New Age Album.

Pol left the band in 1989/90 and has recorded with the trio Trisan, who
have released an album of the same name.  He also composed music for the
soundtrack of a film, "When the Sky Falls" (2000).  Recently he put
together a new band called Dreambard, and is co-composer and producer of an
album by Eimear Quinn.

For many years people have mispronounced Maire as "Marie" or "Mare" --
and so she has now decided to adopt a phonetic spelling of her name much
as Enya did.  She will be known professionally as Moya Brennan.  You can 
see her new website at http://www.moyabrennan.com/

Besides her work with Clannad, she has released four solo albums: _Maire_
(1992), _Misty_Eyed_ Adventures_ (1994), _Perfect_Time_ (1998), and
_Whisper_to_the_Wild_Water_ (1999).

She released an autobiography in 2000 called 'The Other Side of the
Rainbow' published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback and paperback in
English.  It is also available in the German language as hardback with the
title 'Mein Irisches Leben' (My Irish Life) by publisher Brunnen Verlag
Basel, Switzerland (released in 2001).  Maire's album is a great source of
information on the Brennan and Duggan families.

Moya has been involved in numerous other project in recent years; most
recent is a special album called "New Irish Hymns" with Margaret Becker and
Joanne Hogg, released late in 2001.  She also provided backing vocals for
the soundtrack of the HBO mini-series, Band of Brothers (2001).

Sisters Deirdre, Olive and Bridin feature on Maire's first two albums, and
Bridin has also toured and recorded with Clannad as a backing vocalist.

Bridin released a CD single 'Hang On' in January 2001 in Ireland (with some
distribution in the U.K.).  A full album called 'Deep, Deep, Sleep' will be
released (still pending a deal).  Bridin married in October 2001 and now
lives in London.  She has a web site at http://www.bridinbrennan.com/.

Olive has lived in Sydney, Australia with her husband for several years.

Deirdre now lives in Donegal.

Another brother, Leon (married in 2000) has been living in Dublin for a few
years now, managing Moya Brennan's live concert tours and appearances.  He
works closely with Tim Jarvis, Moya's husband and manager.

Leo's Tavern has been turned into a small museum on the career of Clannad
and Enya.

4.  Outside the Studio

4.1  Does Enya tour?

The short answer is "Not yet."

She apparently used a live microphone during appearances on "The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno" in the USA, and of course at the 2002 Academy Awards.

4.2  How many records has she sold?

Enya has now sold in excess of 50 million albums worldwide. How many more?
It's hard to keep up with her sales!  2002 was a very successful year for

4.3  Have any articles or interviews been transcribed?

A number of magazine articles and TV and radio interviews have been
transcribed, mostly by Peter Warburton and posted as the Enya Papers.
Copies - 26 papers were posted - are archived along with a collection of
other transcriptions, on the World Wide Web (see below).

4.4  Are any Enya posters available?

The only posters seen so far are those used in record promotions.
It's worth checking out the advertisements in music and record
collecting magazines. In the UK a small selection is usually
available from:

     Push Posters,
     PO Box 327, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire G81 3HE, U.K.
     Tel: (+44) (0)141 951 4460 / Fax: (+44) (0)141 951 4464
     URL:  http://www.pushposters.com/

A list is available and the company will take international orders.

4.5  Are there any fan clubs?

The "Everywhere Is" fan club has closed down.  Here are the ones that we
know about:

     The Isle of Enya (English)

     Enyaclub  (Spanish)

           Henry O'Possum <henry@raadio.vil.ee>
           Henry, Viljandimaa Post, P.K. 25, EE2900 Viljandi, Estonia.

           Reinder van Til <281165r@xs1.xs4all.nl>
           The Dutch Enya Fanclub, Reinder van Til,
           Thomas van de Dijkweg 13, 9801 EK Zuidhorn, The Netherlands.
           Send a self addressed envelope and an International Reply
           Coupon for further information.

4.6  What other artists make music similar to Enya's?

Given the family connection, Clannad and Moya Brennan are obvious choices
although their music is distinctly different.  See:

        http://www.empire.net/~whatmoug/clanhome.htm (John Whatmough)

There is a Clannad newsgroup, alt.music.clannad.

Also see Jean Debord's  "Enya-like Artists" FAQ, available at

and reposted monthly in alt.music.enya.


5. Enya and the Net

5.1  What's her address? Is she on the Net?


      I cannot forward your fan mail to Enya. I do not have her address.


Several new Enya-related domain names were set up in 2000, e.g.
enyamusic.com, enyaonline.com, and enya.com, each registered to Eithne and
the Ryans.  We should probably note this line from the liner notes for
ADWR:  "Recorded in the digital domain by an analogue brain."  Eithne
herself was asked if she feels she is ready for the Internet age, and
responded that "It doesn't seem to convey emotion well."

The Forum at enya.com (http://forum.enya.com/) is "a community of about
900 people" that has accumulated well over 30,000 messages in its first
year of existence, according to webmaster Peter Pehrson.  It is the
best place to get news directly from Nicky, Roma, and Eithne.

The best way to write to Enya is via her record company: WEA in
most of the world and Reprise in the USA:

        outside USA
                c/o Warner Music (UK)
                The Warner Building
                28 Kensington Church St.
                London W8 4EP
                United Kingdom

        inside USA
                c/o Reprise Records
                3300 Warner Blvd.
                Burbank, CA  91505

Please remember that it is trivial to fake an online message from a famous
person -- whether it claims to be from Enya or "<president@whitehouse.gov>".

5.2  Is a font of the "Enya" script available?

A TrueType font similar to the _Watermark_ script exists for Windows as
well as the Apple II and Macintosh. It is available in several font
repositories.  The font family "Mistral" is a pretty good match.

One link is at http://www.acidcool.com/e7.htm (Acid Fonts) (The file
'enya.zip' may be moved as new fonts are added -- they are listed in
alphabetic order, so if you don't see it listed, just browse to the next

The font used for _A Day Without Rain_ is a commercial font similar to
"Calligraphic 810 BT."

Please DO NOT "share" these or other binary files by posting them to
alt.music.enya.  We are not a "binaries" group, and having binary posts
appear here puts the entire group at risk of being kicked off some ISPs.

5.3  Are there any Enya sound files available?

Short samples are available on Reprise Records' Enya page at:


and of course at Enya's own site, www.enya.com

5.4  I heard something terrible happened to Enya!

Please be skeptical about unpleasant rumors. Specifically, it seems every
few months someone repeats an ugly rumor that "Enya killed herself x years
ago."  Not true, and frankly it was a bit sickening the way it kept coming
back.  I think we've finally put a stop to that one.

There was a report on Usenet - not picked up in the press - that Enya and
the Ryans were involved in a minor auto accident in July 1997.  She was
treated and released from the hospital within a day.

5.5  Other "Enyas"

* On June 20th 1996 the asteroid previously designated 6433 was
  renamed "Enya."

* An Irish naval vessel has been named for Enya's namesake, Eithne.
  (Probably for the goddess, not "our" Enya.  Oh, well!)

* The Ecumenical Network for Youth Action (E.N.Y.A.) is a European
  organization that struggles for "a higher profile of the concerns
  of children, youth, women and those who are excluded by the church
  and society".

5.6  What Usenet newsgroups discuss Enya?

The newsgroup alt.music.enya is dedicated to Enya. There was previously a
group called alt.fan.enya but this has now merged with alt.music.enya and
all postings should be made to the latter.

Sadly, not all sites take the alt groups.  Enya is discussed occasionally
in rec.music.newage and rec.music.celtic.

5.7  Is there a mailing list?

Yes, more than one, although some of them have closed down.

You will receive an introductory message when you subscribe to any mailing
list -- please save this message so that you will know how to manage your
subscription, e.g. what to do when your address changes, or when you go on
vacation.  It's awfully annoying to see a mailing list fill up with noise
from people who don't remember how to unsubscribe!

Trevor Stewart, ICQ 9971019, announced a new list in September 1998.
The instructions are simply to send an email to

Pablo Sebastian Velazco is running a moderated mailing list; write
to "eml@tsode.com.ar" in English or Spanish, or visit the list's
page at http://onelist.com/community/enya

Jean Debord has a page at:
that has links to other Enya resources as well as a mailing list.

There is an Enya Mailing List in Spanish at:
You can also subscribe from the web:

This replaces the Spanish mailing-list link formerly hosted at enya.org.
The rest of the enya.org site remains active, though its bandwidth is

5.8  Where is all this information archived?

The official Enya website is of course

It has been completely redesigned by its new webmasters Peter Pehrson and
John Eckroth, both frequent contributors to alt.music.enya and the Enya

Be warned that http://www.shepherdmoons.net has been taken over by a domain
name speculator who has placed a portal page there; it is no longer an Enya

Reprise Records runs another "official" Enya web page at:

Jeremy Ho's Enya page has a number of links and Enya MIDI files:

It also provides access to the first Chinese-language Enya Web page:

Kevin B Black's Page of Enya URLs/links

Enya on UBL.Com
        and click on "Artist Websites"

Clannad on UBL.Com

Gary's list of Enya pages:

Informacion en espanol:
     Enya Unofficial Home Page (spanish version/mirror)
     Enya Discography (spanish version/mirror)
     Enya FAQ (spanish version)


Another useful ftp archive for those also interested in Celtic music and
artists in general is the Celtic Music Archive run by Gerard Manning at:


5.9  "I see people asking for Enya files -- why can't I just post some?"

Posting binaries to a non-binaries group will get your account terminated
most places.  Check your service provider's terms of service or AUP if you
don't believe me.

Please don't post ANY binaries to alt.music.enya, even if they seem to be
'on-topic.' That includes pictures of Enya, .MIDi files, and especially
MP3s.  Before you get upset, let me explain: The problem is NOT with the
content!  It's purely a question of volume.

There are groups whose name begins with "alt.binaries", and they exist
only to keep binaries out of the discussion groups such as this one.

The ironclad rule that "binaries go in a binaries group" was made because
otherwise many small sites would refuse to carry ANY alt. group... and that
includes alt.music.enya!  We, as a group, MUST NOT tolerate binary files in
our space.  Binary posts are cancelled on sight and the poster's ISP is
notified.  It's as automatic as the law of gravity; it has to be.

The Web is full of free or cheap hosting where people can get files at a
time of their own choosing.  Please use one of those sites.

You might argue that posting a really popular file one time makes more sense
than imposing the load on a single server -- and yes, that is true; but that
isn't a reason to post binaries here.  It justifies having the binaries
groups, if your ISP is big enough to handle them.  Not all ISPs are.

Of course you are always welcome to post a text message to alt.music.enya
to tell us where to find a new Enya-related file, whether it's on an ftp
site, a web page, or in one of the alt.binaries newsgroups.  Thank you!

[Appendix 1] "Enya" in Irish mythology

  From Enya's appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell TV show, 12 Dec 1997:

     ROSIE: ...and "Enya" is an Irish name? I never heard [of] it before

     ENYA: Where I was born was in the Gaeltact area in County Donegal
      and Gaelic is my first language, so "Enya" is Gaelic but there's
      a story behind it; there's a goddess in Irish mythology that was
      known as "Enya".

     ROSIE: And what was the myth about her?

     ENYA: Oh, it wasn't so pleasant...

     ROSIE: Oh, really?

     ENYA: [starts laughing]

     ROSIE: Was it that she had a beautiful spiritual voice and then,
      you know...?

     ENYA: No. It was actually she was not to marry because it was
      destined that her husband would eventually kill her father. So
      her father sent her away to this remote island but, alas, she
      met somebody and it happened. It wasn't like he intended to kill
      the father, but through battle or whatever, the father was killed
      by her husband.

     ROSIE: Did your father name you?

     ENYA: No, it was my grandfather actually. [starts laughing]

[This is a variation on the legend; most books on the subject say it was
Eithne's son, Lugh, who killed Balor, the legendary Eithne's monstrous

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