Altan - The Widening Gyre
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  • Maggie’s Pancaks/Píobaire An Chéide/The Friel Deal (Reels)
    Genre: Celtic
    MP3 (03:36) [8.23 MB]
  • No Ash Will Burn
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:22) [7.7 MB]
  • Buffalo Gals/Leather Britches/Leslie's Reel
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:55) [8.98 MB]
  • Má Théann Tú ‘un Aonaigh
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    MP3 (02:40) [6.09 MB]
  • A Tune for Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh
    Genre: Celtic
    MP3 (03:52) [8.85 MB]
  • White Birds
    Genre: Celtic
    MP3 (04:40) [10.69 MB]
  • The Tin Keys/Sam Kelly's Jig/The Gravediggers (Jig)
    Genre: Celtic
    MP3 (03:24) [7.78 MB]
  • Cúirt Robin Finley
    Genre: Celtic
    MP3 (04:17) [9.8 MB]
  • The House Carpenter (Gypsy Davy)
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    MP3 (04:33) [10.43 MB]
  • The House Carpenter (Gypsy Davy)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (04:33) [10.43 MB]
  • Samhradh (Slow Reel)/Aniar Aduaidh (Jig)/The Donegal Jig
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (06:11) [14.17 MB]
  • Lurgy Streams
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (04:02) [9.23 MB]
  • The Triple T
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (05:51) [13.39 MB]
  • Far Beyond Carrickfinn
    Genre: Celtic
    MP3 (03:49) [8.73 MB]
  • The Road Home
    Genre: Celtic
    MP3 (04:56) [11.3 MB]
After nearly 35 years together—the longest running lineup of founding members in Irish music—the members of Altan were ready to flex their musical boundaries when they started talking to Compass co-founder Garry West about the direction for their latest project. With Garry in the producer’s chair and many good friends in the studio, Altan fused the traditional Irish music that they are known for, namely Donegal fiddling and Gaelic singing traditions, with American roots music, particularly that of the Appalachian bluegrass fiddle.

Recording in Nashville for only the second time and the first time for a full album, the band was able to gather many of the roots musicians they’ve met over their thirty years together, including Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, and Compass co-founder Alison Brown.

The Widening Gyre straddles time as it manages to remind listeners of the ancient bond between Irish and Appalachian music while at the same time breaking new ground through collaborations between masters of American roots music and Celtic music.

The Widening Gyre is a compelling development in Altan’s story provng that they are still growing as artists, even after so many years together.
  • Members:
    Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciaran Curran, Ciaran Tourish, Daithi Sproule, Mark Kelly, Martin Tourish
  • Sounds Like:
    String Sisters, Capercaillie, Clannad, Enya and Paul Brady
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    06/08/18 14:50:02
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