Banba in 1973 was a more pop influenced record, whilst still retaining the Celtic influences that are the hallmark of Clannad's music. This is a blend of the new sound and the old and really shows how the band's songwriting has matured. Banba is in fact a romantic mythical name for Ireland, which is a reflection of how their musical journey has completed a full circle. One of the tracks "I will find you" was written for the movie "The Last of the Mohicans", which features Moya actually singing in Mohican and Cherokee.
In 1970, Clannad won first prize in the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival, which included the opportunity to record an album. This is the debut album of the group. It showed a band aware of Celtic music but contemporary influences. It was originally recorded by Philips Ireland but the masters were lost. In 1997 Royal Records International re-released this album digitally remastered in CD quality.
Magical Ring in 1983 was where the band created a new impact using their newfound skills of atmosphere and suggestion. This album featured the much acclaimed track "Harry's Game", Clannad's first movie soundtrack. This Gaelic lament astonishingly reached the UK Top 5, won the band an Ivor Novello award, a gold record award and nearly forced Bono off the road. (quote from Bono )