‘under no circumstances should they be missed in concert’ The Irish Echo (New York)
Hailed as ‘the hottest group in the Celtic realm’ (The Boston Globe), Altan’s spirit and
sound comes from the deep and rich musical tradition of Ireland. Since forming
in the 1980s, the band has established itself at the forefront of traditional
Irish music and has made a lasting impact on audiences and music lovers
throughout the world.
Formed in the early 1980s by Belfast-born flute player
Frankie Kennedy, and fiddler and singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan began a
journey that took them all over the world. The band soon established itself at
the forefront of Irish traditional music and now, 35 years on, Altan has
achieved legendary status in a genre shaped by the band’s influence and genius.
Audiences from Ireland to Japan have embraced their heart-warming, dynamic live
performances and their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings.
Over the course of more than fifteen albums (including
2015’s acclaimed The Widening Gyre) and
record sales of more than a million, Altan has embraced everything from the
most touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. The bad has
delighted audiences for almost 40 years and its mission, to bring the unique
repertoire of Donegal to as many people as possible, is still as strong as