30th Anniversary Tour
Theatr Bryn Terfel
Friday, 26 May 8pm
"Altan have never sounded
better or tighter"
The Irish Times
Altan have been long established as the best and foremost traditional Irish band to come out of Ireland.
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, their music ranges from the most sensitive and touching ancient ballads all the way to the energetic foot-tapping reels and jigs, and with their heart warming engaging live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal all the way to Tokyo, to Sydney, Seattle and beyond.
Altan’s music is steeped in the rich and colourful heritage of County Donegal in the North West of Ireland. Co. Donegal has a strong fiddling tradition from which Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Ciaran Tourish get their inspiration and unique repertoire. Mairéad is also from the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair (a Gaelic speaking region) where she learned many of the songs which Altan have recorded over the years.
During the summer of 2014, Altan went to the hub of country music, Nashville. 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’.
We welcome Altan to Bangor as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour.