For more than 35 years, Altan has brought the joy of traditional Irish music to audiences around the world. Altan returns to our Gardens for a heartwarming, dynamic performance with music ranging from the most touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs.
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Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Audiences from Ireland to Japan to Australia to Europe have embraced their live performances and their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings. Altan’s newest release, The Gap of Dreams, follows their acclaimed 2015 album, The Widening Gyre, on the same label.
Adding to their long list of awards and honors, fiddler, singer, and founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh was the recipient of the 2017 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year. Though the band received the same award for Band of the Year in 2001, Mhaonaigh was only the third woman in 20 years to receive the main award.
Altan has an unwavering commitment to bringing the beauty of traditional music to contemporary audiences, particularly that of the fiddlers and singers of their hometown in Donegal. Their new publication, The Tunes, marks the first printed collection of this instrumental music. Spanning 30 years and 12 studio albums, and comprising 222 tunes across its 206 pages, the book delves into the history, folklore, composers, and musical heroes from whom the music was collected.
The seeds of Altan lie in the music and spontaneity of sessions in kitchens and pubs in their hometown of Donegal, where their music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy. It is here that the band’s heart still lies, whether they are performing on TV in Australia or jamming with Ricky Skaggs on the west coast of the United States. In spite of a hectic touring and recording schedule, Altan continues the vision of bringing the beauty and joy of traditional music to audiences everywhere.
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