Irish instrumental and vocal group playing mainly traditional songs and tunes. Many tunes are specifically from Northern Ireland.

(Daithi Sproule has also recorded with Skara Brae, the US band Trian and solo)
(Paul O'Shaunessy has recorded with Beginish)
(Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy have recorded as a duo)
(Ciaran Tourish has recorded solo)(Frankie Kennedy died in 1994)


Altan1987Green Linnet GLCD 1078
Horse With A Heart1989Green Linnet GLCD 1095 
The Red Crow1990Green Linnet  GLCD 1109
Harvest Storm1991Green Linnet  GLCD 1117
Island Angel1993Green Linnet  GLCD 1137
Blackwater1996Virgin 41381
Runaway Sundays1997Virgin CDV2836
Another Sky2000Virgin CDV3001
The Blue Idol2002 VirginCDVE961
[Reissue]2002Narada World1955
Local Ground2005 VerticalVERTCD069 
25th Anniversary Collection (*) 2010 IRL 

(* with RTE Concert Orchestra)

Collaboration - Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy

Ceol Aduidh (Music of the North)1983Green Linnet 


The First Ten Years 1986 - 1995 1995Green LinnetGLCD 1153
Best of Altan (2CDs)1997Green LinnetGLCD1177
Once Again: 1987 - 19932000 Recall 
Best of 1987 - 19931999 EarthsongsM ATLAS4001
Altan's Finest2001 GrapevineCCCD100
Dance of Altan? JVC 
Voice of Altan ?JVC 
Collection 2002Eureka 
The Best of Altan: The Songs2003 Virgin593 0272
[Reissue]? Narada WorldCD 93027

Anthology - Bill Whelan, The Pogues, Altan, Clannad, Frances Black, The Chieftains, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Nollaig Casey, Davy Spillane, et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
L'Imaginaire Irlandais (*) 1996 Keltia Musique KMCD63 

(* one track only - " Strathspey/ Con McGinley's/ The Newfoundland Reel" from "Blackwaterside".)

Anthology - Altan, Loreena McKennitt, Orion, Dan ar Braz, Tannas, Bagad Kemper, Capercaillie, Deanta et al.

Album title. year Label. Number.
Kindred Spirits2000 Green Linnet?

Anthology - Altan, Kate Rusby, Beth Orton, Martin Simpson, Eliza Carthy, Joan Baez et al.

Album title. year Label. Number.
Cool as Folk: Cambridge Folk Festival (live)2007 ??

Best Albums(*).

Red Crow 1990
Island Angel 1993
Runaway Sunday1997
The First Ten Years 1986 - 95 1995

(*) Based on critical opinion.


Title. year. Label.

Popular downloads.

Island Girl
The Lass of Glenshee
The Jug of Punch
The Waves of Gola
The Flower of Magherally
Dobbin's Flowery Vale
Ten Thousand Miles
An Grianan/ Horse With a Heart

DVDs/ Videos - Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, Emmylou Harris, Altan, Christy Moore, Mark Knopfler et al.

Gaelic Spirit1996 Kultur 

Album tracks.

Another Sky. Issued in 2000. Running time 49 minutes 39 seconds. Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar), Dáithí Sproule (guitar). Two of the songs are in English, five in Irish Gaelic.

Guests: Steve Cooney (bass, guitar), Jimmy Higgins (bodhran), Mick Kinsella (harmonica), Donal Lunny (keyboards), string quartet, Jerry Douglas (dobro), James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass), Bonnie Raitt (slide guitar), Neil Martin (cello and keyboards), Triona Ní Dhomhnaill (piano) .

1. Beidh Aonach Amarach (There's a Fair Tomorrow)Trad (Gaelic)
2. Green Grow the RushesTrad arr Burns
3. The King of Meenasillagh/Lamey's/The High Fiddle ReelTrad/Trad/Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh (Instrumentals)
4. Island GirlSteve Cooney
5. Eoghainin O RagadainTrad (Gaelic)
6. Ten Thousand MilesTrad
7. Gusty's Frolics/Con's Slip Jig/The Pretty Young Girls of Carrick/The Humours of WhiskeyTrad (instrumentals)
8. Girl From The North CountryBob Dylan
9. The Verdant Braes of ScreenTrad
10. The Dispute at the Crossroads/Columba Ward's/ Siuns ReelTrad/Trad/Ciaran Tourish (instrumentals)
11. Tiocfeidh an Samradh (Summer Will Come)Trad (Gaelic)
12. The Ookpik WaltzTrad (instrumental)
13. The Waves of GolaMark Kelly (instrumental)

Blackwater. Issued in 1996. Running time 40 minutes 01 seconds. Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, backing vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion, melodeon), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar, backing vocals), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, backing vocals). Three of the songs are sung in Irish Gaelic. Ar Bhruach Na Carraige Baine" is sung party in England and partly in Gaelic. "Blackwaterside" is sung in English.

Guests: Donal Lunny (bouzouki on track 10, bodhrans on 4,7,9,12, keyboards on 5,7,9,12), Steve Cooney (bass on 7,9,10,12), backing vocals on 3 and7, Jimmy Higgins (bodhran on 1,3,5darrbuka on 8, snare drum on 7, wood block on 9, clay drums on 3), Brendan Power (harmonica on 3,7,9), Triona Ní Dhomhnaill (piano on 11, backing vocals on 3), Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill (backing vocals on 3), Anna Ni Mhaonaigh (backing vocals on 7), Conan Doyle (backing vocals on 3) . There is a string quartet on "Blackwaterside", including Máire Breathnach on viola.

1. Johnny Boyle's/ King of the PipersTrad/ Trad (Instrumentals)
2. Dark Haired Lass/ Biddy From Muckross/ Sean Maguire's (Reels)Trad/ Trad/ Trad (Instrumentals)
3. 'Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá (song)Traditional (Gaelic)
4. Strathspey/ Con McGinley's/ The Newfoundland Reel (Strathspey and Reels)Trad/ Trad/ Trad (Instrumentals)
5. Tá Mé 'Mo Shui (I am awake) (song)Traditional (Gaelic)
6. An Gasúr Mor/ Bunker Hill/ Dogs Among the Bushes (Hornpipe and Reels)Trad/ Trad/ Trad (Instrumentals)
7. Molly Na gCuach Ní Chuilleaníin (The curly haired Molly)(song)Traditional (Gaelic)
8. Jenny Picking Cockles/ Farewell to Leitrim/ John Doherty's (Reels)Trad/ Trad/ Trad (Instrumentals)
9. Ar Bhruach Na Carraige Baine (song)Traditional (sung in English and Irish)
10. The Dance of the Honeybees (hornpipe)Charlie Lennon (Instrumental)
11. Blackwaterside (song)Traditional (English)
12. A Tune for Frankie (jig) Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh 


Last updated on 19/06/2010