As Ireland’s foremost traditional folk act, the group have toured internationally, sold over a million records and have acted as flag-bearers for the Irish tradition. Their most recent Nashville recorded album ‘The Widening Gyre’ featuring many musical friends from their journey, joins the list of exquisitely produced award-winning recordings.
Their music, strongly rooted in Donegal, ranges dynamically from the most sensitive and touching ballads featuring the mesmerising vocals of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh to powerful foot-tapping reels and jigs, played with an empathy and perfect timing that comes from a band totally attuned to one another’s playing.
‘The Widening Gyre’ – on Compass Records No 1 in the Itunes World Music Chart and No 5 on the US Billboard World Music Charts for 6 weeks in a row
‘Altan’s special strength is the clarity and coordination of its textures’ The New York Times
‘A triumphant restatement of the virtues of the traditional approach’ Q