The Best of Altan: The Songs

The Best of Altan: The Songs
  1. Girl From The North Country
  2. Beidh Aonach Amárach (There’s a Fair Tomorrow)
  3. Green Grow The Rushes
  4. Súil Ghorm
  5. Gleanntáin Ghlas’ Ghaoth Dobhair
  6. Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin
  7. I Wish My Love Was a Red Red Rose
  8. Cuach Mo Lon Dubh Buí
  9. The Pretty Young Girl
  10. Ar Bhruach na Carraige Báine
  11. Eoghainín Ó Ragadáin
  12. Ten Thousand Miles
  13. ‘Stór, a Stór, a Ghrá
  14. A Moment In Time

“Collecting several of Altan’s vocal tracks on a single CD is a fine idea. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s dewy folk soprano is always a joy to hear, whether she is singing in Irish or English, as is her magnificent fiddling. The other band members are on their game, too. “Girl From The North Country,” “Green Grow The Rushes,” “I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose,” and “Gleanntáin Ghlas Ghaoth Dobhair” (aka “Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore”) have seldom sounded so fine. The songs are well-chosen and careful attention was paid to the chemistry between selections. The sole caveat is that die-hard fans probably already own Another Sky, Runaway Sunday, The Blue Idol, and Blackwater, the albums from which the material was cherry-picked. However, as a gift for a friend who has never heard of Altan or is a newcomer to Irish neo-traditional music, this compilation would be hard to beat.” –Christina Roden


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 Grow the Rushes.”

More recordings

  • Altan Donegal cd cover
  • Altan: The Gap of Dreams
  • Altan: The Widening Gyre
  • Altan: The Poison Glen
  • Altan 25th Anniversary Concert CD
  • Altan: Local Ground
  • Altan :The Blue Idol
  • Altan: Another Sky
  • Altan: Runaway Sunday
  • Altan: Blackwater
  • Altan: Island Angel
  • Altan: Harvest Storm
  • Altan: The Red Crow
  • Altan: Horse with a Heart
  • Altan: The First Album
  • Altan: The First Ten Years