Enya (album)

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Soundtrack album by Enya
Released May 1987 (original)
November 1992 (re-release)
Recorded 1986 at BBC Enterprises Studio Woodlands, London, and Aigle Studios, Dublin
Length 39:06 (1987), 41:04 (1992)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Enya chronology
Shepherd Moons
The Celts
The Memory of Trees
1992 reissue
Singles from The Celts
  1. "The Celts"
    Released: 1992

Enya is the first studio album from the Irish musician Enya, released in 1987 on BBC Records. It was produced as the soundtrack to the 1987 BBC television documentary series The Celts.

Enya received mostly positive reviews and was a mild commercial success, reaching No. 69 in the UK. Following Enya's rise in popularity, the album was reissued as The Celts by Warner Music Group which reached No. 10 in the UK. The album has sold 1 million copies in the US.


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.[1] 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 later in The Memory of Earth,[2] 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.

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.[3] 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.[4] 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".

1992 reissue[edit]

In November 1992, following Enya's rise in popularity, the album reissued as The Celts with remastering by Arun Chakraverty and cover art by Sooky Choi and photography by David Scheinmann. The tracks have slightly different running times than the original release. "Portrait (Out of the Blue)", however, is an extended version previously released as "Out of the Blue", the B-side to Enya's 1988 single "Orinoco Flow".

In 2009, a remastered version of The Celts exclusive to Japan was released as a Limited Edition on SHM-CD with "Eclipse" as a bonus track. [5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Roma Ryan, except where noted, all music composed by Enya and all songs produced by Nicky Ryan. All vocals, DX-7, emulator, keyboards and piano performed by Enya.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "The Celts"   2:56
2. "Aldebaran" (dedicated to Ridley Scott)
  • Enya
  • R. Ryan
3. "I Want Tomorrow"  
  • R. Ryan
4. "March of the Celts"  
  • Enya
  • R. Ryan
5. "Deireadh an Tuath" (The title is Irish for "End of the Tribe")
  • Enya
  • R. Ryan
6. "The Sun in the Stream"     2:54
7. "To Go Beyond (I)"     1:19
8. "Fairytale"     3:02
9. "Epona"     1:35
10. "Triad: St. Patrick / Cú Chulainn / Oisin" ("St. Patrick" is an Irish folk song. "Cú Chulainn" and "Oisin" composed by Enya.)   4:23
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")
  • R. Ryan
15. "To Go Beyond (II)"     2:58
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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[7]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]


  • Enya – all other instruments, vocals
  • 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.
  • 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




  1. ^ Official UK Charts
  2. ^ "Enya.com". 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Irish Voice article at archive.org". 1997-02-18. Archived from the original on 2005-04-07. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Where HipHop and Libertarianism Meet: "Sasha Frere-Jones in New Yorker"". 2004-06-28. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  5. ^ http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=459825
  6. ^ AllMusic review
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  8. ^ AllMusic review
  9. ^ 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. 
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  13. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Enya – The Celts". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  14. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Enya – The Celts" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enya; 'The Celts')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > April 1998 > Certified Awards (February 1998)" (PDF). Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Enya – The Celts". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  18. ^ "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"
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Enya – The Celts". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Celts in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Enya – The Celts". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "University Of Ulster News Release - UU Honours Musician Enya". news.ulster.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

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