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Altan’s 30th anniversary tour comes to the Alley Theatre

09 October 2017

No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.  This year they mark 30 years on the road and are delighted to be coming to the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Saturday 14th October.

Altan have always been known as the best and foremost traditional Irish band to come out of Ireland.

This was recognized on November 7, 2006, when the Irish Government through An Post (The Irish Postal Body), honoured Altan by issuing a postal stamp featuring the band.

This award showed Altan’s immense impact on recent Irish culture at home and abroad and the growing popularity of Irish traditional music generally.

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, their ground breaking ‘Island Angel’ recording going to no.2 in the Billboard World Music Charts in 1993, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching ancient ballads all the way to the energetic foot-tapping reels and jigs, and their heart warming engaging live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal all the way to Tokyo, to Sydney, Seattle and beyond and their music is steeped in the rich and colourful heritage of County Donegal in the North West of Ireland. 

On this new recording, “The Widening Gyre” their spiral of music expands , envelopes and includes friends and music that they have met on the road over their 30 years of touring professionally .For this recording. during the summer of 2014, Altan went to  the hub of country music, Nashville in Tennessee .There ,they set up camp in Compass Records own studios and co-produced this album with their friend Garry West of Compass Records and engineer Sean Sullivan.

They wanted to try a new, fresh approach to recording and reflect how they have widened their musical horizons over their career and with the help of Garry produced “The Widening Gyre”, the title being a reference from W.B.Yeat’s poem ‘The Second Coming’.

2017 sees Altan celebrate 30 years on the road.  Earlier this year Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh the lead singer of the band was announced as the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award.

Come and see this terrific band live, you will not be disappointed.  Tickets are £12, £10 (con) available online www.alley-theatre.com or call the box office on 028 71 384444

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