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Formed: 1983 in Ireland
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Genre: Folk, World
Group Members: Dónal Lunny, Frankie Kennedy, Daíthí Sproule, Ciarán Curran, Mark Kelly, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Paul O'Shaughnessy, Ciarán Tourish, Anna ...See All
Biography: With their Northern Ireland-style twin fiddling and accordion melodies accented by acoustic guitar and bouzouki, Altan has grown into one of the top traditional bands in Ireland. The inspiration for Altan was sparked when Donegal-born fiddler and vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh met Belfast-born flute player ...Read full biography
The Blue Idol
Released: 2002
Label: EMI
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Altan continue to go from strength to strength. While it seemed for a little while that the 1994 death of founder Frankie Kennedy would tear the band apart, they've ended up a strong, cohesive unit instead, ...Read full review
Harvest Storm
Released: 1992
Label: Psychobaby Records
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Altan has long been one of the most consistently thrilling of the current crop of traditional Irish groups, and it's difficult to pick a single highlight from their catalog. But if pressed, many fans and ...Read full review