“Thank you for your genius of melody and harmony” – Bono
Anúna is a cultural phenomenon. Building on the ground breaking work of The Chieftains’ visit to China in 1983 and the incredible success of Clannad, they brought Celtic music to the attention of the world.
The group was created in 1987 by Michael McGlynn to promote Irish music. They specialised in ancient works, many of which were unknown to the general public. In the early years it was not uncommon to see Elvis Costello or members of U2 in the audience. They began to attain a cult status, expressing the rapidly advancing movement of Ireland to the centre of the world stage.
In 1995 they were part of the world-renowned show Riverdance. From Radio City New York to a record-breaking run in the Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith, they represented all that was honest and elegant in Ireland. They spent 18 weeks at No.1 in the Irish charts and were at the top of the charts all over the world throughout the 1990’s.
In 1996 they left the show and continued to make albums for over a decade, culminating in their nomination for a Classical Brit award for the album Deep Dead Blue.
In 2006 they recorded the DVD/CD Celtic Origins which went to no.1 in the Nielsen Soundscan for World Music in the USA and was carried on 220 PBS stations across the continent. A nine week tour of 52 cities followed.
In 2008 they made a second TV special for PBS Christmas Memories. They achieved 80% coverage and peaked on Billboard’s Hot 100 albums at no.95.
Anúna has toured all over the world since then, including China, Japan and all over Europe. Three more critically acclaimed albums later they remain at the forefront of Irish music.
Over the years they have collaborated with Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, Clannad, The Chieftains, The Wiggles, Sting, Sinead O’Connor and many more.
Their most famous alumnus Hozier topped the charts in the USA and all over the world in 2014 after four years in the group. Anúna has accounted for no less than three of the singers that took the world by storm with the hit show Celtic Woman and has continued to provide lead singers for Riverdance and Lord of the Dance for over two decades. Their unique style and the quality or their performances have put them at the highest end of the industry. They have performed for Bono, U2, Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Gates, Colin Farrell, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Seamus Heaney, Edward Burns, Helena Christensen, Christie Turlington and many Presidents and notable diplomats [see Clients].
In 2018 they continue at the forefront of private entertainment as well as touring worldwide.
Anúna Corporate was set up by John McGlynn in 1998 in response to a huge demand for elite corporate and private entertainment. His ground-breaking work with Anúna helped transform the group from a static choir to the cultural phenomenon that it is today. John directs and presents most of the group’s performances. Consistency and attention to detail are fundamental in his approach to maintaining Anúna at the forefront of corporate and private entertainment in Ireland. He is an accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter. His first album “Songs for a Fallen Angel” was officially released in 2008. In 2009 it was nominated in the Best Adult Contemporary Album category of the largest independent music awards in the world – The JPF awards. His songs have featured on the albums of Anúna, Electric Youth, Owen Brady, Lynn Hilary and Fiona Wight.
For more information about John please visit his website at www.johnmcglynn.com
Ian Curran started singing with John McGlynn and Anúna Corporate in 1999. As a member of Anúna Ian has toured extensively in Europe, America, Canada, North Africa and China, performing in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. In 2007 Ian featured on the PBS special Celtic Origins culminating in a 40 city tour of the US. Ian graduated with a BA in Music and Irish in 1997 and subsequently an MA in Music in 2007. In 2013 he was published in the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland. As a choral director Ian has won multiple national and international competitions and awards including the Chris Mahon Choral Conducting Bursary at the Cork International Choral Festival 2011. Ian has presented Anúna performances in several of Irelands top venues and on tour in England and Germany.
A member of the Maynooth Chamber Choir [World choir of the year 2015], Fergus Cahillane encountered the music of Anúna for the first time on tour across China and the USA in 2016. After a year with the Symphonic Choir of Vienna he returned to become a full-time singer with Anúna. In 2017 he sang as part of the BBC Proms for an audience of seven thousand and a live broadcast to eight million.
He has a degree in music from Maynooth College focussing on vocal performance and is a multi-instrumentalist, playing Mandolin, Guitar and Bodhrán.
Most recently he presented the Anúna Christmas tour of Holland in December 2017.