Friday, October 5, 2007

Hot fiddlin' from Altan

The band Altan, from County Donegal in the west of Ireland, celebrated their twenty first year as a group in 2006 with a fine birthday concert in Scotland at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall. If you click the tag Altan over there on the list to your right, you’ll find a clip of them playing there, with Mary Black joining in.

This video segment finds them in an informal mode, informally shot too, at Ballyshannon, County Donegal, earlier this summer. And just when you are thinking, Mairéad, aren’t you ever going to play? she does, and shows why she and the band are the best in the business two decades on and counting -- and the other members of the band were doing a great set before she started in, too. Even if you’re not so interested in Irish music, the energy and connection and spirit among the band members is great to enjoy.

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