“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. Thirteen more critically acclaimed albums later they remain at the forefront of Irish music. The group 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 2020 and 2021 they continue at the forefront of private entertainment as well as touring worldwide.
John McGlynn set up Anúna Corporate in 1998 after the phenomenal success of Riverdance. His ground-breaking work with Anúna helped transform the group to the cultural phenomenon that it is today. Consistency and attention to detail are fundamental in his approach to maintaining the group at the forefront of elite private entertainment. Anúna’s performance is tailored to each specific event and venue making each one uniquely personal.
John is an accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter. His first album “Songs for a Fallen Angel” was nominated in the 2009 Best Adult Contemporary Album category of the largest independent music awards in the world – The JPF awards. His second album “Fragments” went to Number 1 in the Album download charts in Ireland in 2019.
He has worked with many of the finest artists in the world including, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor, Hozier and Sting.
In 2014 his song “If all she has is you” appeared on Electric Youth’s Innerworld. The Canadian synth pop duo [their song A Real Hero was the closing scene in the movie Drive featuring Ryan Gosling] included it on their debut release in 2014. The album was produced by Vince Clarke – Depeche Mode, Erasure, Yazoo.
For more information about John please visit his website at www.johnmcglynn.com