Altan: Dreams and songs to sing

With their new album The Gap of Dreams, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan have tapped into a seam of creativity inspired by their bygone musical idols to create something that is still very much in the here and now

18th March, 2018
Ciarán Curran, Martin Tourish, Dáithí Sproule, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Mark Kelly of Altan Pic: Gearoid Ó Maonaigh

For anyone who thinks traditional music is the music of yesteryear, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh wants to make one thing clear: traditional music may have its roots in the past, but – as delivered by contemporary musicians – it is also eminently modern.

“Traditional music survives because it has the meaning of today in it,” says Ní Mhaonaigh, the frontwoman of Altan. “We have listened to our heroes and heroines – and we...

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