Poison Glen Gleann Nimhe

Altan

Poison Glen Gleann Nimhe
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Poison Glen Gleann Nimhe

Altan

With a career at the pinnacle of Irish music that has spanned nearly 30 years ALTAN has achieved legendary status and venerable position in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. More extraordinary is the fact that, after three decades together, the band is making music that is as relevant today as when they arrived on the scene. On The Poison Glen, Altan is propelled by a raw energy seemingly channeled from the pub sessions on which the band cut their teeth and which has inspired the last 40 year wave of interest in the “new traditional” Irish sound.

The new release comes on the heels of Altan’s career retrospective 25th Anniversary Celebration and is reminiscent in its approach to earlier classic albums such as The Red Crow and Horse with a Heart. The instrumental prowess of Ciaran Tourish (fiddle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Mark Kelly (guitar), Ciarán Curran (bouzouki) and Daithi Sproule (guitar) alternately shines on sets of spritely jigs, driving reels and gorgeous airs, and interweaves with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s ethereal vocals to stunning effect. Standout tracks on the album include “The House on the Corner”, “Lily of the West” and “The Wheels of the World”.

The Poison Glen confirms Altan’s legacy in the pantheon of Irish music icons alongside The Chieftains and The Bothy Band all the while demonstrating an elegance and grace rarely found in the tradition.

  1. A Fig for a Kiss/the Turf Cutter (Slip Jigs)
  2. Seolta Geala
  3. The Ardara Girls/the Backdoor Highlands/fáscadh mo Léine (The Wringing of My Shirt)/reel in A/ciaran Tourish’s Reel
  4. An Ghealóg
  5. Caitlín Triall
  6. The New Rigged Ship/eddie Curran’s Monaghan Twig/kitty the Hare (Reels)
  7. The Blackest Crow
  8. The Lancers Jig/the Further in the Deeper
  9. The Lily of the West
  10. The Wheels of the World (Reel)
  11. Cailín Deas Crúite na mbó
  12. Tommy Potts' Slip Jig
  13. The House on the Corner

Review

After a few years absence Mairead and the lads have returned with mostly Gaelic songs and traditional and newly composed tunes all featuring the intricate guitar bouzouki work, dual fiddles and accordion and harmonies they are masters at. Rura Break it Up.

Paul Barr is from Readings Carlton

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