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Perhaps the element of personnel flux is at its most vulnerable during these early days, as Paul Shaunnesy and Mark Kelly were sometimes on and sometimes off because of their day jobs. It really wasn't until "The Red Crow" that Frankie and Mairead made the decision to leap forward with this band as their career, and it is with that release that Altan really catches fire.
The shadows of Johnny Dougherty, Con Campbell, James Byrne and Robert Cinnamond loom large in the soul of this band, and in no uncertain terms they took the Donegal-Ulster tradition of Irish music and carried it from the back bothrins of Gaoth Dobhair to front and center in the Irish Cultural Renaissance of the 80's and 90's.
But, the real gem here is the limited edition version that carried a live CD with it. Having promoted them live in Philadelphia 4 times, once at my own establishment that is wonderfully recorded on tape as well as shows at Bluett Theatre, whose video capture by Drexel University is just breathtaking, I can tell you that Altan is a Very Different Beast LIVE. No quarter is asked or given.Read more ›
With roots firmly planted in the traditional music of Ireland and using traditional acoustic instruments, Altan is not above giving a more contemporary groove or chording to some of these delightful and energetic tunes. No drums or electric bass here, but who needs 'em? This group always lifts my spirits and sets my toe to tapping. Highly recommended!
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If you like Irish music, you will love this CD. One of the best I've heard!Published 19 months ago by Michael D. Powers
It comes with two disks and I love the simple melodies of Celtic music. It definitely has the flavour of Ireland.Published on February 13, 2013 by Leah, The Butterfly Lady
They never disappoint me! Love their music. I wish I could sing along with them...they are a top group. recommended.Published on November 26, 2012 by H. Rosenboim
If your genre of entertainment is Irish traditional music, this is a must have two disc set of Altan back in the day of the original group. Read more
Whenever you think of "the best of" series, you should think of Altan because their "The Best of" is really THE BEST OF!!!!Published on May 4, 2008 by Avid Reader
I discovered Altan on a Dolly Parton CD called Little Sparrow which I highly recommend also. Altan backs up Dolly on 2 songs that I really like. So, I am always up for a gamble. Read morePublished on September 9, 2002 by Gregory A. Glasscock
you'd probably like Barachois, an Acadien group of 4 hailing from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Their fast-paced fiddling is incredible and fun.Published on August 22, 2001