eltic Legacy was formed in November 1997 by Dave Morrissey (guitars/keyboards) and Dave Boylan (bass/vocals) after almost a year of writing and recording. A working line-up was recruited in the form of Tommy Branagan (vocals), Ciara Roe (fiddle) and Phil McEvoy (drums) for the recording of an album early the following year and within 6 months Celtic Legacy released their self-titled, self financed debut album (that recording, however, came after a demo under the temporary name Mischief). With every record label and distribution company having passed on the band, the major outlet for sales was across the Internet and it was the Internet that allowed the band to reach an otherwise inaccessible audience.
After numerous line-up changes and lack of any kind of media or music industry support in Ireland, the band split in 2001 and they were expected to stay split. However, fan interest from Germany began to emerge and it was this fan base that led to Morrissey and Boylan finding their interest once again in the act.
A new line-up in the form of guest Peter Fitzpatrick (piano), Mark Guildea (vocals), Darren Maher (guitars) and Stephen Cash (drums) was put together and they began rehearsing in February 2003. In the meantime German fans, and one person in particular, Vladimir Hrubik, raised the funds the band needed to record their second album in less than 6 months and the recording of the limited edition double CD Resurrection commenced; the album subsequently emerged in November 2003.
Internal hostilities followed the second album and the line-up split again in 2004.
When the act reformed in 2006 Conor Gillen (drums/Tin whistle), Keith Hendley (guitars) and Denis Dowling (vocals) had joined only remaining member Dave Morrissey.
By 2008, Eoin Ennis (Ciarán's brother) temporarily replaced Keith Hendley for shows in 2008 and was later added to the band's line-up permanently as a singer in 2009 to replace Dowling who had stayed less than a year and was gone.
Celtic Legacy/Resurrection Compilation would be released in 2008 along with Guardian of Eternity.
Celtic Legacy announced that they were splitting again on July 12, 2009 due to financial problems that would prevent them from recording any new material.
Dave Boylan, along with several other former members attempted to start a new version of the band called Keltic Legacy (note the 'K'). The attempt failed after only a couple of rehearsals.
In 2011, Morrissey started work on a solo album. Ciarán Ennis joined the project in 2013, and eventually decided to use the Celtic Legacy name again resulting in The Lie of the Land (2014).
Footnote: Before recording original material the act started out in 1994 as a cover band.
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|Active Years||1997-2009, 2014-|
|RRCA File Code||UC000736|