ALTAN

30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

Altan have been long established as the best and foremost traditional Irish band to come out of Ireland.

This was recognized on November 7, 2006, when the Irish Government through An Post (The Irish Postal Body), honoured Altan by issuing a postal stamp featuring the band. This award showed Altan’s immense impact on recent Irish culture at home and abroad and the growing popularity of Irish traditional music generally.

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings,their ground breaking ‘Island Angel’ recording going to no.2 in the Billboard World Music Charts in 1993, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching ancient ballads all the way to the energetic foot-tapping reels and jigs, and their heart warming engaging live performances, Altan have moved audiances from Donegal all the way to Tokyo, to Sydney,Seattle and beyond.

Altan’s music is steeped in the rich and colourful heritage of County Donegal in the North West of Ireland. Co. Donegal has a strong fiddling tradition from which Mairéad  Ní Mhaonaigh and Ciaran Tourish get their inspiration and unique repertoire. Mairéad is also from the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair(A Gaelic speaking region) where she learned many of the songs which Altan have recorded over the years. Altan have been touring consistently since their genesis in the early eighties, when Mairéad and her late husband ,Belfast flute player ,Frankie Kennedy decided to leave their teaching jobs and pursue a career in music and tour the world with their friends.

With members Mark Kelly (guitar),Ciaran Curran(bouzouki). Daithí Sproule(guitar) Ciaran Tourish(fiddle, whistles) and past members Paul O’Shaughnessy(fiddle) and Dermot Byrne(accordion0 and latest member Martin Tourish (accordion), Altan have been to the forefront of traditional Irish music worldwide.

Altan’s music is steeped in the rich and colourful heritage of County Donegal in the North West of Ireland. Co. Donegal has a strong fiddling tradition from which Mairéad  Ní Mhaonaigh and Ciaran Tourish get their inspiration and unique repertoire. Mairéad is also from the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair(A Gaelic speaking region) where she learned many of the songs which Altan have recorded over the years. Altan have been touring consistently since their genesis in the early eighties, when Mairéad and her late husband ,Belfast flute player ,Frankie Kennedy decided to leave their teaching jobs and pursue a career in music and tour the world with their friends.

With members Mark Kelly (guitar),Ciaran Curran(bouzouki). Daithí Sproule(guitar) Ciaran Tourish(fiddle, whistles) and past members Paul O’Shaughnessy(fiddle) and Dermot Byrne(accordion0 and latest member Martin Tourish (accordion), Altan have been to the forefront of traditional Irish music worldwide.

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