The Best of Altan

The Best of Altan

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Altan are clear successors to the Bothy-Planxty-DeDannann dynasty, and perhaps more than any other Irish band, they've won the ardor of both purists and Celto-pop fans. Founder Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (that's "Marayed Nee Wheenie") is a fiddler with few peers, her woody tone -- with just the right hint of scratch -- is a true delight, as is her delicate golden voice. She and late husband, flautist Frankie Kennedy, developed a core sound drawn from their shared Northern roots, then adorned it with Polish mazurkas, German barn dances, and other second-cousin styles. Impeccable, joyful playing is a given with Altan, winning them huge followings on both sides of the Atlantic, not to mention three consecutive "Celtic/British Isles Album of the Year" awards from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD), for THE RED CROW, HARVEST STORM, and ISLAND ANGEL. Each Altan CD could be called essential. What makes this best of a total must-have is the blazing bonus live disc, from a 1989 show. An Altan concert is a sublime experience, even if only on record.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/1997
Label: Green Linnet
UPC: 0048248117722
catalogNumber: 481177
Rank: 3090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Altan   Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny   Keyboards,Bodhran
Frankie Kennedy   Flute,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Daíthí Sproule   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ciarán Curran   Bouzouki,Guitar
Garvan Gallagher   Double Bass
Tom Hayes   Percussion,Jew's Harp,Bodhran,Shaker
Mark Kelly   Guitar,Background Vocals,Hi String
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Didjeridu
Paul O'Shaughnessy   Fiddle
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Anna Ní Mhaonaigh   Background Vocals
Séamus Quinn   Piano
Dermot Byrne   Accordion
Marie Askin   Piano

Technical Credits

Altan   Arranger,Producer
Dónal Lunny   Producer,Engineer
P.J. Curtis   Arranger,Producer
Dan Fitzgerald   Engineer
Brian Masterson   Producer,Engineer
Earle Hitchner   Liner Notes
Paul Cunningham   Producer

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