Enya (album)

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Soundtrack album by Enya
Released May 1987
Genre New age, Celtic
Length 39:06
Label BBC (UK)
Atlantic (US)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Enya is the soundtrack album of the 1987 BBC documentary series The Celts. It is also the debut solo album of Enya, an Irish singer, pianist, and composer.

The album was later reissued and remastered as The Celts in 1992.


The album was first released in the UK by the BBC on their own label, and later issued in North America by Atlantic Records. It reached No.69 in the UK Albums Chart in June 1987.[3] In 1992, Warner Music reissued a remastered version of the album as The Celts.

The album includes only a portion of the music Enya composed for the documentary series. In 1992, coinciding with the reissue of the album, a previously unreleased track from these sessions, "Eclipse", was released as a B-side on the CD single for "the Celts". In 2005, another previously unreleased track from the same sessions, a "Spaghetti Western Theme" done in the style of Hugo Montenegro, was released on the CD single for "Amarantine", in memory of one of the producers of the TV series.

Filmmaker David Bickley reused music from the soundtrack was later in The Memory of Earth,[4] an installment in his documentary trilogy Mythological Lands. The song "Boadicea" was also used in the soundtrack of the 1992 American film Sleepwalkers. "Epona" appears in the 1991 Steve Martin romantic comedy L.A. Story.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Enya.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "The Celts"   Enya, Roma Ryan 2:50
2. "Aldebaran" (dedicated to Ridley Scott) Enya, Roma Ryan 3:05
3. "I Want Tomorrow"   Roma Ryan 4:02
4. "March of the Celts"   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:10
5. "Deireadh an Tuath" (The title is Irish for "End of the Tribe") Enya, Roma Ryan 1:43
6. "The Sun in the Stream"     2:55
7. "To Go Beyond (I)"     1:20
8. "Fairytale"     3:03
9. "Epona"     1:36
10. "Triad: St. Patrick / Cú Chulainn / Oisin" ("St. Patrick" is an Irish folk song. "Cú Chulainn" and "Oisin" composed by Enya.)   4:25
11. "Portrait"     1:23
12. "Boadicea"     3:30
13. "Bard Dance"     1:23
14. "Dan y Dŵr" (The title is Welsh for "Under the Water") Roma Ryan 1:41
15. "To Go Beyond (II)"     2:50
Total length:
Track 2: Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus.
Track 9: Epona is a goddess in the Gallo-Roman religion.
Track 10: Cú Chulainn is a culture hero of the British Isles; Oisin is a boy's name in several Celtic languages.
Track 12: Boadicea was an Iceni queen who led a resistance against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
Track 14: The title "Dan y Dŵr" (Welsh for "Under the Water") alludes to the intentional flooding of the Welsh village of Capel Celyn.

Sampling by other artists[edit]

The Fugees sampled "Boadicea" from this album for their song "Ready or Not" on 1996's The Score. Enya had prepared to sue the group for copyright infringement because they had not asked for permission and did not give her credit. After learning that The Fugees were not gangsta rappers, Enya declined to follow through with the suit, but stickers were then placed on The Score giving Enya credit for her work.[5] Mario Winans also sampled "Boadicea" for the melody of the song "I Don't Wanna Know". Producer P. Diddy reportedly personally contacted Enya for permission and gave her 60 percent of the royalties.[6] She also received name billing ("Mario Winans featuring Enya and P. Diddy") for the song, which turned out to be a hit, putting her name #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 2004. The song was also sampled on the answer-back song "You Should Really Know" by The Pirates featuring Shola Ama, Naila Boss & Ishani which peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart. "Boadicea" (with "Ready or Not") was also sampled by Nina Sky for their hype single "Time to Go" featuring Angie Martinez, from the mixtape presented by Cipha Sounds.

The title track was used as the theme music for the sports show Gaelic Games which aired in the UK on Channel 4 in the 1990s.

Italian hardstyle DJ Francesco Zeta's (Argese Francesco) 2008 song "Fairyland" made use of a sample from "Boadicea". In 2011 a small sample of "Boadicea" has been used in the song Der erste Winter by German singer Cassandra Steen, which has been released on the album Mir so nah. In 2012 she made another version, subtitled "ReAmp", which again utilised the sample. Also in 2012, hip hop artist Meek Mill sampled "Boadicea" on his mixtape Dreamchasers 2 on a song named after the Fugees' song, "Ready or Not".

The Celts[edit]

The Celts
Studio album by Enya
Released 6 November 1992 (1992-11-06)
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre New-age, celtic
Length 39:19
Label WEA (UK)
Reprise (US)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Shepherd Moons
The Celts
The Memory of Trees
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[8]

Enya was re-released with new packaging under the title The Celts in 1992. The album was remastered by Arun Chakraverty, who was also the mastering engineer of Enya's 1995 album The Memory of Trees. The album's cover and liner notes were laid out by graphic designer Sooky Choi, who was also the graphic designer for The Memory of Trees. The album cover photograph is by David Scheinmann.

On this version "Portrait" is renamed "Portrait (Out of the Blue)" in an extended version. This extended version was previously released in 1988 as "Out of the Blue", the B-side to the single "Orinoco Flow". Three other songs run slightly longer than on Enya: "The Celts" (track 1), "March of the Celts" (track 4), and "To Go Beyond (II)" (track 15).

In 2009, a remastered version of The Celts exclusive to Japan was released as a Limited Edition on SHM-CD with a bonus track. [9] The remastered version is available on iTunes, Amazon and others.



  • Published by Aigle Music.
  • Words for "I Want Tomorrow" and "Dan y Dŵr" written by Roma Ryan
  • Words for "The Celts", "March of the Celts", "Aldebaran" and "Deireadh an Tuath" written by Enya and Roma Ryan.
  • Words to "St. Patrick" are traditional.
  • Enya: Vocals, piano, Juno 60, DX7, Emulator II and Kurzweil
  • Music arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan.
  • Recorded at BBC Enterprises Studio Woodlands, London, and Aigle Studios, Dublin.
  • Producer: Nicky Ryan
  • Executive producer: Bruce Talbot
  • Engineers: Nigel Read, Nicky Ryan
  • Sleeve design and art direction: Mario Moscardini
  • Photography: Martyn J. Adleman
  • Re-mastered by Sam Feldman at Atlantic Studios, NYC
  • Saxophone: Per Sundberg


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[10] Platinum 70,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

The Celts
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[12] Gold 30,000x
Australia (ARIA)[10] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Brazil (ABPD)[13] Platinum 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[14] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[15] Gold 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[16] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^
Worldwide 6,000,000[19]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 280. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ Official UK Charts
  4. ^ "Enya.com". 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  5. ^ "Irish Voice article at archive.org". 1997-02-18. Archived from the original on 2005-04-07. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Where HipHop and Libertarianism Meet: "Sasha Frere-Jones in New Yorker"". 2004-06-28. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  7. ^ AllMusic review
  8. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  9. ^ http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=459825
  10. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1993 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Enya – Enya". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Enya – The Celts". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  13. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Enya – The Celts" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enya; 'The Celts')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  15. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > April 1998 > Certified Awards (February 1998)". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Enya – The Celts" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select the "Chart", enter ' in the field "Year". Select ' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Enya – The Celts". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Celts in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Enya – The Celts". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "University Of Ulster News Release - UU Honours Musician Enya". news.ulster.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

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