Irish singer Enya says that tour would be 'very possible'

Enya, who has released a new album, Dark Sky Island
Marie Louise McConville

IRISH singer Enya has said it would be "very possible" to tour for the first time in her 35 year career - thanks to modern technology.

The Co Donegal star, best known for her hit Orinoco Flow, famously creates complex vocal arrangements, in which her voice is layered hundreds of times.

She said that when she first became famous in 1988, replicating her style of song on stage "wouldn't really have been possible."

"But now it is very, very possible. You see wonderful concerts," she said.

"There are orchestras there, choirs there, so it's a different time."

However the star added: "I don't know if that's something I would do".

The 54-year-old singing star, who was born in Gweedore, was speaking ahead of a visit to the US where she will perform material from her new album, Dark Sky Island.

The singer, instrumentalist and songwriter began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band Clannad before leaving to perform solo.

Following a first commission to write a score for the film The Frog Prince, she later took on the soundtrack for BBC documentary series The Celts.

However, it was to be her later solo music which would catapult her on to the global stage.

Following her debut 1988 album, Watermark, Enya became primarily known for her distinctive sound, characterised by intensive voice-layering.

Having sold 75 million records worldwide, she said the decision not to tour had originally arisen out of necessity.

"We actually had in my (record) contract that we would have two to three years between each album," she said.

"So that's why I ended up not touring. The success of (my debut album) Watermark caught them by surprise, as it did me. They were worried that if I went on tour and then had three years to work on the next album, it would be too much of a gap".

Enya added: "A lot of artists now are touring because sales are not what they were in 1988".

However, the singer will perform material from her new album, Dark Sky Island during her upcoming appearance on US TV "because they insist".

Dark Sky Island, which is the singer's eighth studio album, is her first for seven years.


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