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In Tua Nua (roughly translated from the Irish as “In the new land”) was an Irish pop-rock group who achieved a modicum of fame and success in both Ireland and Europe throughout the late 1980s. The group was formed by Leslie Dowdall, Jack Dublin, Vinny Kilduff, Ivan O’Shea, Martin Clancy, Paul Byrne and Steve Wickham in the early 1980s. Although the group’s focus and pretensions were an early Roxy Music-style rock, it combined this aspiration with ersatz folk and traditional Irish music in the form of uillean pipes and acoustic guitars, laced together with vocals and electronic violin.

Their first Island Records single was the critically acclaimed “Take My Hand”, co-written by a very young Sinéad O’Connor. This was followed by a second single, “Somebody To Love”.

Newly signed to Virgin Records the band released “Seven Into the Sea”, one of their most popular recordings. A debut album “Vaudeville” was released in early 1987.

The follow up album “The Long Acre” was released in 1988. It spawned two popular radio hits “All I Wanted” and “Don’t Fear Me Now”. A third single from the album, “Wheel Of Evil”, was also released.


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  • agarens

    bought their record thinking i knew them-- turns out i had just recognized their name from a boston pub called 'an tua nua' -- named after them apparently -- but oh man, they're amazing! an irish fleetwood mac, really!

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • fandorinmusic

    they're wonderful. just discovered them.

    10 Apr 2008 Reply

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