Altan in London

'Folk in the Fall' at the Celtic Cafe

Press Release:

Irish Giants in London
Altan, 5 November 2006, Folk in the Fall, South Bank Centre, London

The Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank is bracing itself for the arrival of Altan on Sunday 5 November 2006. The members of this Irish traditional band are undoubtedly giant figures on the international folk music scene. Having forged their musical skills in kitchen and pub sessions in their native Donegal some twenty years ago their modest beginnings have now given way to international success to become " the most dynamic and exciting band playing Irish music today" (The Irish Times).

Altan is one of Ireland's finest ever musical exports, selling over 1 million albums and filling concert halls from Dublin to Sydney. They have performed for royalty, various Presidents and world leaders but still return to their roots and play those same pub sessions when time allows.

Led by charismatic fiddle player and singer, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, the band play a music that while solidly rooted in the past is, at the same time, contemporary and living. Spirited jigs and reels that defy you not to tap your toes are offset by poignant and beautiful ballads in Irish and English. Altan provide a live music experience that combines energy and poignancy, joy and tenderness but ultimately one that reasserts the immense charm, attraction and drive in great traditional music. "Altan represent a confident fusion of old and modern Ireland" (Irish Independent).

Altan have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They have guested on albums with artists like as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Mary Black, headlined the Hollywood Bowl and wowed festivals all over the world.

Tickets for this special London concert are available from the Royal Festival Hall Box Office on 08703 800 400 or online at

Altan are performing as part of Folk in the Fall 2006. Other artists performing as part of Folk in the Fall 2006 include Parallelogram, Martin Simpson, Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy with Chris Parkinson, Chumbawamba Acoustic, Julie Fowlis, Chris Wood and Coope Boyes and Simpson and Michael Morpurgo in ‘Private Peaceful’.

Press release and images provided courtesy of Mrs Casey Music

Ciarán Curran, Dermot Byrne, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Mark Kelly, and Ciarán Tourish
Ciarán Tourish, Ciarán Curran, Mark Kelly, Dermot Byrne, and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh