Thank you everyone… we have reached 40% of our Pledgemusic Campaign! A good sign as we start the forthcoming recording here in Nashville! All systems ready to go! We had a brilliant time at the gigs in Sellersville, Beacon, and Nashville, and we’re looking forward to Brooklyn, St. Paul, and Milwaukee!
This is our new project. We are about to record a new album this summer.
Be part of the project by pledging and partaking and receiving some of these amazing prizes!
Guth na nGael – 6 part series on RTE
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh presents this six part series exploring the recurring themes in Irish song… The first episode aired on RTE1 on Friday 14 March.
Programme one featured Mary Black, Luka Bloom, Eddi Reader, and Cork troubadours Ger Wolfe & John Spillane.
The series features the singing of: Eddi Reader, Mary Black, John Spillane, Ger Wolfe, Luka Bloom, Damien Dempsey, Séamas ó Beaglaíoch, Wallis Bird, Eleanor McEvoy, Jimmy Kelly, Gemma Hayes, Karan Casey, Róisín Elsafty, Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, Delorentos, Sinéad O’Connor, the Monks of Glenstall, Nóirin Ní Riain, Liam ó Maonlaí, Julie Feeney, Susan McKeown, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the Voice Squad and Declan O’Rourke…
Producer: Laura Ní Cheallaigh · Director: Paddy Hayes · Presenter: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh · Camera: Colm Hogan, Roman Bugovskiy · Sound: Bob Brennan · Editor: Conall de Cléir · Music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Altan head to Australia in February, we are looking forward to it. Please see the dates on our gigs page.
We’ll be in Perth, Albany, Lambton, Sydney, Central Coast, Melbourne and Warrnambool.
We’ll be appearing with our pals, Lúnasa, at The Factory Theatre in Sydney and the Port Fairy Festival in Warrnambool.
Then its on to China for 2 gigs: Shanghai and Beijing!
Hope to see you there!
The final concert of Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy was a huge success, featuring Fidil and Altan and a myriad of wonderful guests and friends: the Freil Sisters, Kevin Conneff, Tríona Marshall, Dermy Diamond, Tara Bingham, Danny Diamond, Tara Conaghan, Dermot McLaughlin, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Gearóid Ó Maonaigh and Nia Ní Bheirn. It was a great final adieu to twenty years of dedicated organising by Gearóid Ó Maonaigh, Anna Ni Mhaonaigh, Dermot Mc Laughlin, Anne Kennedy, Ciaran Ó Maonaigh , Ursula Kennedy, Conor Byrne and especially the loyal following of people who have made this journey from near and far every Christmas… we say a big Thank You it wouldn’t have happened without you.
We had a wonderful tour of Germany, with gigs in Austria and Switzerland as well — beautiful venues and really enthusiastic audiences — great to be touring Germany again, where we’ve had so many good times.
And good to have Martin Tourish with us on accordion — a mighty musician!
-photo, Altan in Germany. Left to right: Dáithí Sproule, Martin Tourish, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciarán Curran, Ciaran Tourish
“Altan’s music has always been true to the roots from which it has grown, always injecting something new as they approach a set of tunes, or something beautiful when Mairead’s voice floats over slow air or a love song. This new album combines all of the freshness that is characteristic of this great band, together with a rare depth and purity that can only come from the souls of superb musicians.”
“Scholarly, sophisticated, equally spontaneous in session or in the studio, Altan, once more, enliven their great tradition, confound our expectations and draw us all home to Donegal.” - Stephen Rea, actor
“The twin peaks of Dermot Byrne’s accordion and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s voice and fiddle propel Altan into their 30th year. Byrne’s plaintive, high-lonesome tones define the shape of The Blackest Crow with Ní Mhaonaigh’s beatific vocals drawing the sorrowful tale ever skywards. Instrumentally, Altan have never sounded better or tighter. They’ve invited Belfast flute player Harry Bradley to join the fray, and his jagged-edged style adds a refreshing sharpness to several tunes, in particular the opening pair of slip jigs headlined by A Fig for a Kiss. Jimmy Higgins guests on bodhrán, punctuating tunes with his customary subtlety. Altan’s song choices are standouts in both Irish and English, and they commandeer the American ballad The Lily of the West as if it was a Gweedore native. This is richly layered musicianship shot through with a verve.” -The Irish Times [Read more…]