Recordings

The Gap of Dreams

Altan: The Gap of Dreams

To Purchase: Order CD from Compass Records Order on iTunes Tracks The Gap of Dreams / Nia’s Jig / The Beekeeper The Month of January Seán sa Cheo / Tuar / Oíche Fheidhmiúil (A Spirited Night) Bacach Shíl Andaí The Piper in the Cave / An Ghaoth Aniar Aneas (The South-West Wind) Níon a’ Bhaoigheallaigh…

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The Widening Gyre

Altan - The Widening Gyre

The title of Altan’s The Widening Gyre is borrowed from W.B. Yeats poem The Second Coming. The band recorded The Widening Gyre in Nashville to collaborate with long time friends and guests to bring this album to the world. “The music on this album examines the lifecycle of Altan by exploring the influence of Appalachian music on…

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Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen

Gleann Nimhe - The Poison Glen

2012 “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,…

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25th Anniversary Celebration

Altan's 25 Anniversary Celebration CD Cover

With the RTE Concert Orchestra – 2009 Altan celebrate 25 Years playing together with this very special recording of their most popular tunes and songs with the RTE Concert Orchestra. In recent years Altan have been exploring and experimenting with their music using orchestral arrangements of their most popular pieces. The arrangements have been scored…

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Local Ground

Altan: Local Ground

2005 – Local Ground is Altan’s 10th studio album in the 20 years since they first came together as a band. Their musical friendships have been forged and proven in innumerable kitchen and pub sessions in Ireland and subsequently on folk club and concert hall stages throughout the world. They retain the energy and enthusiasm…

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The Blue Idol

Altan: The Blue Idol

2002 – The Blue Idol is Altan’s eighth studio album. It was released in 2002 on the Narada label. The Blue Idol features guest artists such as Dolly Parton on The Pretty Young Girl, which was translated by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s father Proinsias, and Paul Brady on Daily Growing. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, fiddle, vocals Ciaran Tourish, fiddle, whistle, vocals…

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Another Sky

Altan: Another Sky

Another Sky is the Altan’s seventh studio album. It was released in 2000 on the Narada Productions label. The title derives from a line in Steve Cooney’s song Island Girl, which Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sings on the album with Cooney himself as accompanist. The album features the Scots language song, Green Grow The Rushes by…

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Runaway Sunday

Altan: Runaway Sunday

1997 Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, fiddle, vocals Dermot Byrne, accordion, melodeon Ciaran Tourish, fiddle, whistle, backing vocals Ciarán Curran, bouzouki, bouzarre, mandolin, backing vocals Mark Kelly, guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals Dáithí Sproule, guitar, backing vocals. With: Steve Cooney, Pat Crowley, Jerry Douglas, Jimmy Higgins, Alison Krauss, Dónal Lunny, Neil Martin, Matt Molloy. Production Altan and Alastair…

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Blackwater

Altan: Blackwater

Blackwater is Altan’s fifth studio album, released in 1996 on the Virgin Records label. Three of the songs are sung in Irish. Ar Bhruach Na Carraige Baine is sung partly in English and in Irish. Blackwaterside is sung in English. The final tune is a tribute to Frankie Kennedy written by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Mairéad…

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Island Angel

Altan: Island Angel

1993 Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, vocals, fiddle Frankie Kennedy, flute, low whistle, backing vocals Ciaran Tourish, fiddle, whistle, backing vocals Ciarán Curran, bouzouki, bouzouki-guitar Mark Kelly, guitars, backing vocals Dáithí Sproule, guitar, backing vocals With: Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney, Tommy Hayes, Dónal Lunny, Neil Martin, Anna Ní Mhaonaigh Production Brian Masterson and Altan – Producer Brian…

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Harvest Storm

Altan: Harvest Storm

Harvest Storm is Altan’s third studio album, released in 1992 on the Green Linnet label. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, fiddle, vocals Frankie Kennedy, flute, whistle, backing vocals Ciaran Tourish, fiddle, whistle, backing vocals Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fiddle Ciarán Curran, Bouzouki, Bouzouki-Guitar Mark Kelly, guitar, backing vocals Dáithí Sproule, guitar, backing vocals. With: Frieda Gray, Tommy Hayes, Dónal…

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The Red Crow

Altan: The Red Crow

The Red Crow is Altan’s second studio album, released in 1990 on the Green Linnet Records label. The title track, written by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh also features on her 2008 début album, Imeall. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Vocals, Fiddle Frankie Kennedy, Flute Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fiddle Ciarán Curran, Bouzouki Mark Kelly, Guitar With: Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, Marie…

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The First Ten Years

Altan: The First Ten Years

1986-1995 A ‘best of’ collection from the first five albums Buy This CD at Amazon Pretty Peg / New Ships a-Sailing / The Bird’s Nest / The Man from Bundoran Andy de Jarlis / Ingonish / Mrs. McGhee Ceol a’ Phíobaire The Wedding Jig / Hiúdaí Gallagher’s March / James Byrne’s Jigs / Mickey Doherty’s / Welcome Home Grainne Dónal agus Mórag Tommy Bhetty’s Waltz Fermanagh Highland / Donegal Highland / John Doherty’s / King George IV An Feochán Mazurka…

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The Best of Altan: The Songs

The Best of Altan

The Best of Altan: The Songs is an anthology of their non-instrumental work from their four records on the Virgin label. Each track features the heavenly voice of fiddler Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh and the lush instrumentation that has won the band international acclaim. Highlights include the rousing “Beidh Aonach Amárach” and the Robert Burns classic “Green…

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