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2018
The Gap of Dreams
2015
The Widening Gyre
2012
Gleann Nimhe - The Poison Glen
2010
25th Anniversary Celebration (with the R.T.E Orchestra)
2006
Horse With a Heart
2006
The Red Crow
2006
Island Angel
2006
Harvest Storm
2005
Local Ground
2003
The Best of Altan - The Songs
2002
The Blue Idol
2000
Another Sky
1999
Altan's Finest
1997
Runaway Sunday
1996
Blackwater
MAR
16
Altan at Théâtre Le Colisée (March 16, 2019)
Venue: Théâtre Le Colisée (Lens, France) Find tickets
MAR
28
Altan at Gutmann Am Dutzendteich (saal) (March 28, 2019)
Venue: Gutmann Am Dutzendteich (saal) (Nuremberg, Germany) Find tickets
MAR
29
Altan at Quasimodo (March 29, 2019)
Venue: Quasimodo (Berlin, Germany) Find tickets
MAR
31
Altan at Kulturzentrum Pfl (March 31, 2019)
Venue: Kulturzentrum Pfl (Oldenburg, Germany) Find tickets
APR
01
Altan at Die Fabrik in Altona (April 1, 2019)
Venue: Die Fabrik in Altona (Hamburg, Germany) Find tickets
Altan Nov 15, 2018
プランクトン Plankton
Altan Nov 14, 2018
Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair
Altan Nov 14, 2018
Bluegrass Life
Altan Nov 13, 2018
Theatre Royal Waterford
Altan Nov 11, 2018
Japan from December 1-10 th 2018
Altan Nov 11, 2018
Altan Nov 11, 2018
Altan
Altan Nov 11, 2018
Charlie Mackesy
Altan Nov 11, 2018
BBC Four
Altan Nov 11, 2018
The Green Fields Of France
Altan Nov 11, 2018
BBC Breakfast
Altan Nov 10, 2018
UNILAD
Altan Nov 10, 2018
Your Christmas Countdown
Altan Nov 10, 2018
Altan
Altan Nov 09, 2018
Lovin.ie
Altan Nov 09, 2018
Theatre Royal Waterford
Altan Nov 08, 2018
The Highly Sensitive Person-Julie Bjelland, LMFT
Altan Nov 08, 2018
Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Altan Nov 08, 2018
TG4
Altan Nov 06, 2018
Animal Lovers Only
Altan Nov 06, 2018
Heading to Japan from December 1-10 th 2018 for a Celtic Christmas and this is a beautiful traditional Gaelic Carol to get all our Japanese fans in the atmosphere. Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil ( Yonder Night in Bethlehem) Dates 1 Dec. (sat) Concert at Nerima Cultural Center in Tokyo 2 Dec. (sun) Concert at Shizuoka Grandship 4 Dec. (tue) Session Party w/ Catriona Mckay & Chris Stout, The East Pointers, Stephanie Cadman 5 Dec. (wed) Concert at Osaka Phoenix Hall 7 Dec. (fri) Concert at Yamagata Bunshokan 8 Dec. (sat) Celtic Christmas Festival at Sumida Triphony Hall w/ Catriona Mckay & Chris Stout, The East Pointers, Stephanie Cadman 9 Dec. (sun) Concert at Toyohashi PLAT Plankton Co.,Ltd Culture IrelandIrishTourist.com Donegal AssnDonegal County CouncilANA.JapanAer Lingus
Altan Nov 06, 2018
Outdoor Revival
Altan Nov 06, 2018
Silver Elephant
Altan Nov 06, 2018
Female Struggles
Altan Nov 04, 2018
BOSTONIRISH.COM REVIEW OF OUR CD THE GAP OF DREAMS Written by Sean Smith Altan, “The Gap of Dreams” • One of Donegal’s greatest natural resources returns to the firmament with this, its 13th studio album. Where Altan’s previous release, “The Widening Gyre” (2015), was Irish-Americana fusion (with guest stars like Alison Brown, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Boston’s own Darol Anger), “The Gap of Dreams” is a paean to the group’s birthplace and celebrates the indispensability of music, songs, dance, and stories to past generations coping with the demands of rural life, as well as famine, conflict and emigration. In the interim between “Gyre” and “Gap,” with the departure of fiddler Ciaran Tourish, the band has become a quintet, which puts the focus more than ever on the band’s co-founder – and in many ways its heart and soul – Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. She, along with accordionist Martin Tourish, carry most of the instrumental sets and if the sound isn’t as full as it was in past incarnations of Altan, it’s still got plenty of heft. Small wonder, though, when you’ve also got Ciarán Curran (bouzouki), Dáithí Sproule (guitar), and Mark Kelly (guitar) in your crew. Ní Mhaonaigh and Tourish are at their most robust on tracks like the set of reels “Seán sa Cheo/Tuar/Oíche Fheidhmieúil (A Spirited Night),” the latter two composed by Tourish (“A Spirited Night” is an expression unique to the Donegal Gaeltacht), and another trio that’s about as good a primer there is for Donegal fiddle, “The Tullaghan Lasses/The Cameronian/The Pigeon on the Gate.” Their fretted-string colleagues also get some well-deserved attention, with Curran taking the lead – supported by some outstanding guitar backing – on the slow reel “The Piper in the Cave,” which is followed by the jig “An Ghaoth Aniar Aneas (South-West Wind)”; Kelly is in the spotlight on his composition, “Port Alex.” An especially pleasing revelation on the album’s opening track might be termed Altan: The Next Generation, as Ní Mhaonaigh’s daughter Nia Byrne appears on fiddle, playing a jig she composed, while Kelly’s son Mark is featured on concertina on his own “The Beekeeper.” No drop-off in quality on the vocal tracks here: Ní Mhaonaigh enriches the well-known “Month of January” (from the repertoire of the great Paddy Tunney), and “Dark Inishowen,” a Donegal song of characteristically haunting splendor. There are also four Gaelic songs, including one from her childhood, “Níon a’ Bhaoigheallaigh,” and “An Bealach Seo ‘Tá Romham (This Road Ahead of Me),” written by Clannad’s Moya Brennan. Capping off the album in brilliant style is “Fare Thee Well, a Stór,” written by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin (and set to the tune of Shetland fiddler Tom Anderson’s “Da Slockit Light”), which Ní Mhaonaigh graces with a sweet, not saccharine, air of regret, enhanced by a gentle chorus from the rest of the band. The phrase “The Gap of Dreams” is taken from a Francis Carlin poem, in which he writes, “The Gap of Dreams is never shut” – a reference to the portal to the mystical “Otherworld which has long nurtured the music, folklore and popular imagination of Donegal. Altan’s reference to it here is an affirmation, that no matter where their musical travels take them, geographically or creatively, they are always rooted to that much-loved in-between place. Compass Records Group Donegal County Council Donegal Assn Donegal Tourism CLG Donegal Airport