First Ten Years: 1986-1995

The First Ten Years: 1986-1995

by Altan
     
 
Presenting excerpts from the group's tenure on the Green Linnet label, which is decisively its most productive period, Altan's first ten years are expertly captured here. Notably short on Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy's earliest pre-Altan recordings, the disc starts and ends with the band's most

Overview

Presenting excerpts from the group's tenure on the Green Linnet label, which is decisively its most productive period, Altan's first ten years are expertly captured here. Notably short on Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy's earliest pre-Altan recordings, the disc starts and ends with the band's most fruitful albums, bridging 1987's Altan and 1993's Island Angel. As always, the tracks selected feature inspired playing and singing, with the emotional scope and inherent beauty of the music never failing to impress. And while it's hard to recommend this set emphatically over 1997's The Best of Altan retrospective (which strangely features virtually none of the same songs although it draws from the same period), the tracks selected here do well to cover the breadth of their exceptional career as arguably Ireland's greatest expositors of traditional song. Overall, an excellent introduction and an essential purchase for Celtic music fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/1995
Label:
Green Linnet
UPC:
0048248115322
catalogNumber:
481153
Rank:
174091

Tracks

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   Bazouki
Garvan Gallagher   Double Bass
Mark Kelly   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Fiddle,Vocals
Paul O'Shaughnessy   Fiddle
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Neil Martin   Cello
Anna Ní Mhaonaigh   Vocals
Dermot Byrne   Accordion
Niall Toner   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Altan   Arranger,Producer
Dónal Lunny   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
P.J. Curtis   Arranger,Producer
Brian Masterson   Producer
Proinsias O'Maonaigh   translation
Phil Cunningham   Producer

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