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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If you don't count the Chieftains, Altan is probably the most popular traditional Irish group in the world right now. And they continue to find favor among hardcore folkies where the Chieftains don't, since they resist the temptation to record albums with the likes of Roger Daltrey and Van Morrison. The band originally formed around the husband-and-wife nucleus of flutist Frankie Kennedy and fiddler/singer Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh, who recorded their first album in 1983. Other members joined the group over time, until it gradually hardened into the five-piece ensemble that is responsible for most of the music on this timely retrospective, which draws on the five Altan discs...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If you don't count the Chieftains, Altan is probably the most popular traditional Irish group in the world right now. And they continue to find favor among hardcore folkies where the Chieftains don't, since they resist the temptation to record albums with the likes of Roger Daltrey and Van Morrison. The band originally formed around the husband-and-wife nucleus of flutist Frankie Kennedy and fiddler/singer Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh, who recorded their first album in 1983. Other members joined the group over time, until it gradually hardened into the five-piece ensemble that is responsible for most of the music on this timely retrospective, which draws on the five Altan discs that have appeared on the Green Linnet label. All have been distinguished by exceptional energy and musicianship, and while some listeners will disagree with one or two programming choices, the selections here are all excellent; Ní Mhaonaigh's sweet singing is always a special highlight. Best of all, the first pressings include a bonus disc of live recordings -- a poignant addendum, given the tragic death of Frankie Kennedy from cancer in 1996. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/1997
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • UPC: 048248117722
  • Catalog Number: 481177
  • Sales rank: 48,060

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