Local Ground

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Altan first lit up the folk scene in 1989 with the superb Horse With a Heart, critics and listeners alike heralded them as the future of traditional Celtic music. Slowly but surely the group lived up to its promise, delivering album after album of forward-thinking jigs, ballads, reels, and airs, but as the genre became flooded with likeminded acts, Altan records began to show signs of wear and tear, with keyboards and fretless bass replacing the band's signature acoustic -- but still very contemporary -- sound. Altan have managed to rediscover the spirit that originally moved them on Local Ground, their tenth studio release and third since leaving Green ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Altan first lit up the folk scene in 1989 with the superb Horse With a Heart, critics and listeners alike heralded them as the future of traditional Celtic music. Slowly but surely the group lived up to its promise, delivering album after album of forward-thinking jigs, ballads, reels, and airs, but as the genre became flooded with likeminded acts, Altan records began to show signs of wear and tear, with keyboards and fretless bass replacing the band's signature acoustic -- but still very contemporary -- sound. Altan have managed to rediscover the spirit that originally moved them on Local Ground, their tenth studio release and third since leaving Green Linnet for the Narada label. The heavenly voice of lead singer/fiddler Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh has never sounded better, especially on standout ballads like "As I Roved Out" and "The Wind and Rain," and the group -- always a single organism -- rips through piece after piece like the bandmembers' lives depended on it. Other highlights include the fiery "Tommy Peoples/The Road to Cashel/The Repeal of the Union/Richie's Reel," the rousing traditional tale of young love -- with additional lyrics penned by Maighread's father -- "Éirigh 's Cuir Ort Do Chuid Éadaigh Arise Now and Dress Yourself," and the gorgeous closer -- an effective Altan tradition -- "Dún Do Shúil Close Your Eyes."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724387592728
  • Catalog Number: 75927

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Altan Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny Guitar
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill Piano
Daíthí Sproule Guitar, Vocals
Steve Cooney Bass
Ciarán Curran Bouzouki, Mandolin
Graham Henderson Keyboards
Mark Kelly Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Fiddle, Vocals
Ciarán Tourish Fiddle, Vocals, Human Whistle
Carlos Núñez Human Whistle, Gaita
Jim Higgins Percussion, Bodhran
The Dermot Byrne Blues Combo Accordion
Technical Credits
Altan Producer
Daíthí Sproule Arranger
Ciarán Curran Arranger
Mark Kelly Arranger
Brian Masterson Mastering
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Arranger
Proinsias O'Maonaigh translation
Peadar Ó Riada Composer
Ciarán Tourish Arranger, Composer
Traditional Composer
Alvin Sweeney Engineer
The Dermot Byrne Blues Combo Arranger
Bernadette Kiely Cover Art
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