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Island Angel

Somehow, this superb Dublin-based sextet have managed to top the extraordinary achievements of their last two albums, 1990’s The Red Crow and 1992’s Harvest Storm (each winning the prestigious INDIE Award for 'Best Celtic Album of the Year.' Island Angel, the winner of Billboard’s ‘World Music Album of the Year’, is a gutsy, fiery, haunting album that refuses to coast on past plaudits, and demonstrates that Altan’s seemingly limitless potential is still being explored by the band members themselves.

Starting off with a whirlwind, three-reel set, Altan perform with equally stunning virtuosity a pair of highlands, a strathspey, a Donegal mazurka of rare vintage, three Cape Breton jigs, still more reels ("Glory Reel / The Heathery Cruach" will take the top off your head off!), and a poignant closing piece of original instrumental music from which the album takes its name. All five songs are mesmerizing, with four sung in Irish, including what will surely become two all-time Altan favorites, "Bríd Óg Ní Mhaille" (Bridget O’ Malley) and "Dúlamán." Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Frankie Kennedy, Ciaran Curran, Ciaran Tourish, Dáithí Sproule, and Mark Kelly have aimed higher, reached farther, and squarely put their reputation as the premier Irish traditional ensemble today to the test. Just how brilliantly they’ve succeeded is for you to enjoy over and over again. Simply put, Island Angel is out-of-this-world beautiful.

Island Angel

Altan

MP3/320 $9.99
CD $15.00

Track Listing

Tommy Peoples/The Windmill/Fintan McManus's Buy
Bríd Óg Ní Mhaille Buy
Fermanagh Highland/Donegal Highland/John Doherty's/King George IV Buy
An Mhaighdean Mhara Buy
Andy De Jarlis/Ingonish/Mrs. McGhee Buy
Humours Of Andytown/Kylebrack Rambler/The Gladstone Buy
Dulaman Buy
Mazurka Buy
The Jug Of Punch Buy
Glory Reel/The Heathery Cruach Buy
An Cailín Gaelach Buy
Drumnagarry Strathspey/Pirrie Wirrie/Big John's Reel Buy
Aingeal An Oileáin (Island Angel) Buy