Grayshott Folk Club presents: ALTAN at St. Alban’s Church
Friday 8th April 2016 at 7:30 pm
At St. Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6RB
When ALTAN played at St. Alban’s to a sell-out crowd last May, it was genuinely an amazing musical experience and a dream come true for me personally.
I am delighted that they have agreed to come back and play for us again. Over the past four years, we have had some very talented Traditional Irish/Celtic bands playing for us but ALTAN are simply the best!
Established in Donegal some 35 years ago, Altan were the first Irish Folk band to be signed to a major record label (Virgin) and they have been in constant demand all over Europe, North America and Australasia ever since.
Their fresh, uplifting interpretations of Traditional songs and tunes brings a timeless quality to their music and each live performance is a unique and breath-taking experience. They are arguably the best Traditional Irish Folk band currently playing anywhere in the World.
“Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right”.
Taking their lead from revivalist bands such as Planxty, De Dannan and The Bothy Band, Altan picked up the baton and took their rootsy Folk from the hotbed of Traditional Irish music in Donegal to the outside world. The outside world enthusiastically embraced their music and Altan have never looked back.
“Altan’s international status and success found a very practical recognition when they were signed in 1996 to Virgin Records, the first Irish band of their kind to be signed by a major label. The band gained gold and platinum albums in Ireland and toured larger venues, literally throughout the world, with tours in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe as well as regular successful U.S. tours.
In spite of a hectic touring and recording schedule, Altan continue fresh in their vision of bringing the beauty and joy of traditional music to audiences everywhere, and have always promised themselves to continue as long as it’s fun – fortunately for us, it still is.”
Altan are made up of:
Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh-Vocals/Fiddle
Mark Kelly—Flute/Low Whistle/Backing Vocals
Ciaran Curran———Bouzouki/Bouzouki Guitar
Ciaran Tourish—Fiddle/Whistle/Backing Vocals
Daithi Sproule——–Guitar /Backing Vocals
Each member of Altan is a virtuoso musician on their individual instruments but it is their combination and variety of sounds that make Altan such an outstanding and durable presence on the World music stage. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and if you have never seen a Traditional Irish Folk band playing at full tilt then why not start with the very best?
Why not start with Altan?
Advance Adult Tickets: £18 or £20 on the door
Children Under 16: £9/£10.
Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096
St. Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6RB Map »