MUNDY

IRISH SINGER/SONGWRITER

Irish singer/songwriter Mundy is one of a number of artists to successfully make the transition from street busking in Dublin to international stardom during the ’90s. Mundy’s mainly acoustic, folk-based pop/rock has been compared to Damien Rice and Josh Ritter; however, his style is more upbeat and celebratory than either, and his jangle pop influence and tendency to experiment with unconventional sonic textures and beats further distinguishes him.

Mundy signed with Sony subsidiary Epic Records, and released his debut single, “To You I Bestow”, shortly before his album “Jelly Legs” was released in 1996.  “To You I Bestow” was included on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s Shakespeare adaptation Romeo & Juliet, alongside tracks by Radiohead and Garbage.  It sold 11 million copies and “Jelly Legs” a respectable 50,000 worldwide.

Mundy went on to release the multi platinum record 24 Star Hotel, with hit tracks ‘July’ and ‘Mexico’ becoming firm favourites.  Raining Down Arrows, which hit the #1 slot in the Irish Album Charts, came next and was recorded in the musically revered city of Austin, Texas. His first live album Live and Confusion followed recorded at a storming and sold out Vicar St show.  It was certified platinum in 2007.  Galway Girl was recorded as an encore and went on to become the best selling single and most downloaded song 2 years in a row in Ireland.

“Mundy comes from a very long historical line of great Irish performers, singers and song writers, it’s a list of awesome musical royalty he sits amongst and he rightly and gently wears his crown equally with them all.” —Richard Hawley

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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