Theme from Harry's Game


About Theme from Harry's Game

"Theme from Harry's Game" is a 1982 song by Clannad commissioned as the theme for Harry's Game, a Yorkshire Television miniseries adapted from a 1975 novel set in The Troubles in Northern Ireland. It was released as a single in October 1982 and became a surprise hit, reaching number 5 in the UK Singles Chart the following month and number 2 in the Irish Singles Chart.


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Imtheochaidh soir is siar
A dtainig ariamh
An ghealach is an ghrian

Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the doh fol the day

Imtheochaidh an ghealach's an ghrian
An Daoine og is a chail 'na dhiadh

Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the doh fol the day

Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the doh fol the day

Imtheochaidh a dtainig ariamh
An duine og is a chail ne dhiadh

Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the doh fol the day

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Clannad (Irish pronunciation: [kl̪ˠan̪ˠad̪ˠ]) are an Irish band formed in 1970 in Gweedore, County Donegal. Their music has been variously described as bordering on folk and folk rock, traditional Irish, Celtic and New Age, often incorporating elements of an even broader spectrum of smooth jazz and Gregorian chant. After twelve years of success in the folk music industry, they shot to international recognition in 1982 with the release of the "Theme from Harry's Game", becoming the most successful band in the Celtic music genre. They subsequently went on to bridge the gap between traditional Celtic music and pop music in the 1980s and 1990s with albums such as Macalla and Anam. Their records usually consist of traditional Gaelic ballads, New Age tracks that ca… more »

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10 facts about this song

Release Date
Clannad's "Theme from Harry's Game" was released in October 1982, making it just under 40 years old.
Chart Ranking
The song reached the number five position on the Irish Singles Chart and number six on the UK Singles Chart. It also hit number one on the Music Week's Airplay Chart.
Unlike many songs of the era, "Theme from Harry's Game" is entirely in Irish (Gaeilge), making it one of the few significant hits sung in that language.
Cinematic Influence
The song has appeared in several films and TV shows, including "Patriot Games," "The Last of the Mohicans," and "The Wild Thornberrys".
Mystery Genre
The song falls into the category of Irish folk and new-age music. However, it's famous for its ethereal, haunting qualities, which led to its use in several films, series, and advertisements with themes of mystery, suspense, or historical drama.
Influence on Pop Culture
It was used as theme music by UK television station ITV during its coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
"Theme From Harry's Game" won an Ivor Novello award in 1982.
Unique Position
It is the only UK hit single ever to be sung entirely in Irish.
Music Video
The music video for the song was filmed in the countryside of County Donegal, Ireland. It features members of Clannad and others dressed in costumes reminiscent of the early 20th century Republican period.
Connection to U2
Bono, the lead singer of U2, stated that "Theme from Harry's Game" influenced him and the band's musical style. It inspired U2's song "New Year's Day."

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