Harvest Storm

Harvest Storm

by AltanAltan


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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 critics would pick either Harvest Storm or the equally fine Red Crow. Although the program is a fairly typical collection of traditional reel sets, jigs, Gaelic songs, and slow airs, every track feels as if it were chosen for a unique sort of loveliness -- the soaring beauty of the "Rosses Highlands" set, the curiously eerie hush of the traditional wedding song "Dónal Agus Mórag," the chugging energy of "Drowsy Maggie." The singing of fiddler Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh is particularly noteworthy on "Donal Agus Morag" and "'Si Do Mhaimeo Í" (the latter of which offers the unusual opportunity to hear a didgeridoo part on an Irish album). This is one of the last albums the group made with flutist Frankie Kennedy, who died of cancer after making one more album with them, the excellent Island Angel.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/1993
Label: Green Linnet
UPC: 0048248111720
catalogNumber: 481117
Rank: 8555

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Altan   Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny   Bass,Keyboards,Bodhran
Frankie Kennedy   Flute,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Daíthí Sproule   Guitar
Ciarán Curran   Bouzouki,Guitar
Frieda Gray   Dancer
Tom Hayes   Bass,Percussion,Jew's Harp,Bodhran
Mark Kelly   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Fiddle,Vocals
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Didjeridu
Paul O'Shaughnessy   Fiddle,Flute
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle,Flute,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)

Technical Credits

Altan   Arranger
P.J. Curtis   Producer
Sean Devitt   Engineer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Proinsias O'Maonaigh   translation
Ross Wilson   Artwork

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