"Some people see the winter as an ending, with a whole story before it, but I see it very much as a new beginning." -Roma Ryan, And Winter Came EPK, 2008
'And Winter Came...,' Enya's seventh studio album, was released on November 10, 2008. This winter-themed recording contains two traditional Christmas carols and ten original compositions.
|01||And Winter Came||3:15||Instrumental|
|02||Journey Of The Angels||4:47||English|
|03||White Is In The Winter Night||3:00||English|
|04||O Come O Come Emmanuel||3:40||English/Latin|
|05||Trains And Winter Rains||3:44||English|
|06||Dreams Are More Precious||4:25||English|
|07||Last Time By Moonlight||3:57||English|
|08||One Toy Soldier||3:54||English|
|09||Stars And Midnight Blue||3:08||English|
|10||The Spirit Of Christmas Past||4:18||English|
|11||My! My! Time Flies!||3:02||English|
|12||Oíche Chiúin (Chorale)||3:49||Gaelic|
"It’s funny because I thought this would be more of a Christmas album with more traditional pieces, but in the process of putting it together a winter theme started to evolve within the songs and I didn’t feel it was right to impose a Christmas theme on certain songs." -Enya for Music week, 2008
"There are feelings of gathering on this new album. Togetherness. Family." -Enya for Herald Sun, 2008
Design and art direction for the album were created by Mikkel Lundsager Hansen from Stylorouge. The cover features Enya in front of a white horse that represents Boréas, the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter.
The promotional photography was shot by Simon Fowler at Cliveden House, Berkshire, England.
The winter effects were added digitally, even the dress that Enya wears in the cover photo was in fact black.
'And Winter Came...' is the first Enya album to have only one music video. 'Trains And Winter Rains' was directed by Rob O'Connor with Mikkel Lundsager Hansen co-directing.
The first launch party was held on October 8, 2008 in Two Temple Place, London which was decorated for the occasion in the theme of the album. The guests were presented with a lovely crystal ornament made by Waterford and a special 10th anniversary cd. The following morning, Enya gave a press conference in the Dorchester Hotel, London.
The second launch party took place in Orangerie Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin on November 3, 2008. The dancers from the Staatsballett Berlin performed five choreographies set to Enya's music.
A video documentary featuring Enya, Nicky and Roma was prepared to promote the release of the album. The trio talks about ten of the songs and explained the inspiration behind them. The documentary was shot at the Powerscout Estate near Dublin and at Aigle Studios. Watch the 'And Winter Came' EPK here.
Stylorogue also prepared several promo clips for the album: Rupert Style produced a TV spot and Jamie Gibson created online promo clips.
|Late Late Show (Ireland)||My! My! Time Flies!||Feb 6, 2009||Lip-synched|
|The Alan Titchmarsch Show (UK)||My! My! Time Flies!||Feb 3, 2009||Lip-synched|
|Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel (Austria)||My! My! Time Flies!||Jan 29, 2009||Lip-synched|
|Kohaku Uta Gassen (bradcast live from Ireland to Japan)||Orinoco Flow
Dreams Are More Precious
|Dec 31, 2008||Lip-synched|
|Happy Xmas Show (Japan, recorded in Ireland)||Orinoco Flow
Trains and Winter Rains
|Dec 24, 2008||Lip-synched|
|Live! With Regis and Kelly (USA)||White is in the Winter Night||Dec 19, 2008||Live|
|This Morning (UK)||Oíche Chiúin (Silent Night)||Dec 4, 2008||Lip-synched|
|Sukkiri (Japan)||Trains and Winter Rains||Nov 27, 2008||Lip-synched|
|Children in Need Fundraiser (UK)||Trains and Winter Rains||Nov 15, 2008||Lip-synched|
|GMTV (UK)||Trains and Winter Rains||Nov 13, 2008||Lip-synched|
'And Winter Came...' went Top 20 in 21 countries, in its first three weeks on release. In the US, the album peaked number one to the Billboard 'Top Holiday Albums' for a week and four weeks in the 'Top New Age Albums'. It also peaked number two at the Billboard 'Top Internet Albums'.
And Winter Came...
November 10, 2008
And winter came... - The journey of the Angels White is in the winter night - O Come, O Come Emmanuel Trains and winter rains - Dreams are more precious Last time by moonlight - One toy soldier - Stars and Midnight Blue The Spirit of Christmas Past - My! My! Time Flies! - Oíche chiúin
And Winter Came... (Taiwan)
Enya signed two hundred copies of the album for a Taiwanese charity project.
Out of all the album singles, only 'Trains and Winter Rains' was available on a physical commercial release. The other singles were released digitally and on promotional discs.
Trains and Winter Rains (EU)
November 10, 2008
01 Trains and Winter Rains [radio edit]
Dreams Are More Precious
October 10, 2008
01 Dreams Are More Precious [album version]
White is in the Winter Night
November 4, 2008
01 White is in the Winter Night [album version]
My! My! Time Flies!
February 2, 2009
01 My! My! Time Flies! [album version]
Produced by Nicky Ryan
Music composed by Enya
Lyrics by Roma Ryan
Executive Producer: Tom Whalley
All Vocals and Instrumentation* Performed by Enya
Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
Engineered and Mixed by Nicky Ryan
Recorded at Aigle Studio
Photography by Simon Fowler
Design and Art Direction by Stylorouge
Digital Technical Advisor: Daniel Polley
Mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering London
* Lead guitar and Twelve string guitar on "My! My! Time Flies!" by Pat Farrell
"Oíche Chiúin"—Traditional. Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
"O come, O come Emmanuel"—Traditional. Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
"Journey Of The Angels" is dedicated to Tim Royes
"My! My! Time Flies!" is dedicated to the late great Jimmy Faulkner
RECORDED IN THE DIGITAL DOMAIN BY AN ANALOGUE BRAIN
Published by EMI Songs Ltd./EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
"Enya, Nicky and Roma would like to thank:
Diarmuid Quinn, Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost, John Watson, Bernd Dopp, Takashi Yoshida and all our friends at the Warner Music family worldwide. Thanks in particular to our Warner UK Team. A very special mention for Joanne Carrigan.
"We would also like to thank Berry Klein, Derek Hobbs, John East, Lee Tobin, and Fran Malyan and Guy Moot of EMI Music Publishing. Thanks also to all our Moderators, both past and present.
"Enya, Nicky and Roma would like to say a special thanks to:
Edgar Bronfman Jnr