Altan is a traditional Irish music group with deep roots in the fiddle music of the Northern Irish county of Donegal. Over the years, they have become one of Celtic music’s best known and biggest selling groups.
The origin of Altan is centered around its two founding members — Donegal native fiddler and vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (who came from a long line of Donegal fiddlers) and Belfast-born flute player Frankie Kennedy. Both Ní Mhaonaigh and Kennedy were teachers with an interest in Irish music. They met at an informal jam session and immediately realized that they had tremendous chemistry together, both personally and musically. The two played together whenever they could and eventually they became teacher trainees at... Read More