One of Ireland's foremost traditional groups, Altan showcases the Irish-language songs and dynamic twin-fiddling style of their native Donegal.
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh founded Altan in the early '90s along with her late husband, Frankie Kennedy. A Donegal native and a native speaker of Gaelic, Mairéad is one of the leading exponents of Donegal fiddle music. She learned many of her songs from family and neighbors, supplementing with older material from archive sources.
The band also includes bouzouki wizard Ciarán Curran of Co. Fermanagh, DADGAD guitar legend Dáithí Sproule of Derry, Dublin guitarist Mark Kelly (who brings adventurous rock and jazz influences to Altan's arrangements), and accordionist Máirtín Tourish from Dublin.
Altan has built and maintained a global audience through decades of widespread touring and recorded highlights like 1993's Island Angel, 2002's The Blue Idol, and 2015's exploratory Celtic-American fusion album, The Widening Gyre. In spite of their various collaborations and experiments outside their core genre, Altan have remained steadfastly devoted to the traditional music of Ireland.
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