Local Ground (Narada70876-19196-2 2, 2005)
Altan is one of the most veteran acts in the Irish folk music scene. Their
style has created many followers inside and outside of Ireland. The virtuoso
instrumentalists transform traditional folk tunes into modern-day folk pieces,
creating a contemporary jam-style Celtic groove to the beat of the wonderful Irish frame
drum known as bodhrán.
Local Ground is the group’s latest recording. Altan celebrates the music of
Ireland with a collection of dazzling instrumental jigs and reels; as well as
evocative ballads featuring Mairead Ní
Mhaonaigh’s gentle voice.
Several high profile guests have participated in the recording: Galician
Carlos Núñez, guitarist Donal Lunny, percussionist Jim Higgins, and pianist
Triona Ní Dhomnaill, and bassist Stephen Cooney.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.