TOMORROW night the Alley Theatre will play host to one of Ireland’s most famous traditional music bands as Altan take to the stage.
Founded 30 years ago by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, a singer and fiddler from Gweedore, and her late husband Belfast flute player Frankie Kennedy, Atlan have gone on to have world-wide success, bringing the beauty of Irish traditional music with them wherever they go.
Now a six-piece band made up of Mairéad on fiddle and vocals, Ciarán Curran on bouzouki, Ciaran Tourish on fiddle, Dáithí Sproule on guitar, Mark Kelly on vocals and guitar and Martin Tourish on piano accordion Altan are delighted to mark 30 years on the road with a concert in Strabane.
Known for their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings including the ground breaking ‘Island Angel’, Altan’s performances promise everything from the most sensitive and touching ancient ballads to powerful and energetic foot-tapping reels and jigs.
Altan’s heart-warming live performances have moved audiences from Donegal all the way to Tokyo, Sydney, Seattle and beyond.
This year marked another achievement for the band as lead singer Mairéad secured the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award.
Throughout the past three decades the band have displayed unwavering commitment to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all the music’s qualities and destroys none.
In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional tunes are modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proven them right.
Tickets £12, £10 (concession) available at www.alleytheatre.com or call the box office on 028 71 384444.
Posted: 7:00 pm October 13, 2017