The Blue Idol

Altan :The Blue Idol
  1. Daily Growing (Song)
  2. Uncle Rat (Song)
  3. Roaring Water (Jig)
  4. The Pretty Young Girl (Song)
  5. The Blue Idol (Jigs)
  6. The Trip to Cullenstown (Jigs)
  7. Cuach mo Lon Dubh Buí (Song)
  8. Mother’s Delight (Reels)
  9. The Low Highland (Highlands & Reel)
  10. The Sea-Apprentice Boy (Song)
  11. Sláinte Theilinn (A Health to Teelin) (Air)
  12. An Cailín Deas Óg (Song)
  13. Gweebarra Bridge (Slip Jig & Reel)

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.

“After the experience of listening to The Blue Idol, one is left with deep satisfaction and the realization that Altan has achieved yet another triumph. This album will surely delight new listeners as well as seasoned fans and confirms Altan’s con- tinuing position as one of Ireland’s best traditional bands.” –FolkWorks, Los Angeles, September 2002


Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, fiddle, vocals
Ciaran Tourish, fiddle, whistle, vocals
Ciarán Curran, bouzouki, mandolin
Mark Kelly, guitar, bouzouki, vocals
Dermot Byrne, accordion
Dáithí Sproule, guitar, vocals.

With: James Blennerhassett, Paul Brady, Harry Bradley, Richie Buckley, Steve Cooney, Jim Higgins, Dónal Lunny, Neil Martin, Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, Liam O’Flynn, Dolly Parton

Gary Paczosa – Engineer
Alistair McMillan – Assistant engineer
Amelia Stein – Band photography
Shaughn McGrath/Four 5 One Design – Design

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: 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
  • The Best of Altan: The Songs