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Altan/Karen Matheson


Altan/Karen Matheson

A world-class double bill of celtic music from legendary Donegal band Altan and Capercaillie singer Karen Matheson and her band.

No Irish traditional band in the last 25 years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of their native Donegal to contemporary audiences.

Altan are Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (vocals, fiddle), Ciarán Tourish (fiddle), Ciarán Curran (bouzouki), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals) and Martin Tourish (accordion).

“Thought by many to be the finest traditional Irish combo working today, Altan seamlessly blend dazzling instrumental prowess and the gorgeously delicate vocals of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh” Chicago Weekly

“under no circumstances should they be missed in concert” Irish Echo

Internationally recognized as lead vocalist of acclaimed crossover folk band Capercaillie (with whom she has toured over 30 countries and sold over a million albums) Karen Matheson’s new solo record Urram (Gaelic for respect) is a musical love letter to her families’ island ancestry, with a collection of timeless Gaelic songs that evoke the character and atmosphere of Island life, through work songs, love songs, lullabies, mouth music and evocative nature poems.

“Remarkable in English but breathtaking when she draws on Hebridean roots to sing in Gaelic.” The Daily Telegraph

“Karen Matheson’s vocals are the coolest – swirling and slamming – amazingly dynamic.” NME

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