- Released: February 28, 2000
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
Q - 4/00, p.863 stars out of 5
- "...they enjoy success for their exciting instrumentals and keen ear for a good ballad..."
- 1.Beidh Aonach Amarach :: There's A Fair Tomorrow
- 2.Green Grow the Rushes
- 3.The King Of Meenasillagh / Lamey's / The High Fiddle Reel
- 4.Island Girl
- 5.Eoghainn O Ragadain
- 6.Ten Thousand Miles
- 7.Gusty's Frolicks / Con's Slip Jig / The Pretty Young Girls Of Carrick / The Humours Of Whiskey
- 8.The Girl From the North Country
- 9.The Verdant Braes of Screen
- 10.The Dispute At The Crossroads / Columba Ward's / Siun's Reel
- 11.Tiocfaidh an Samhradh :: Summer Will Come
- 12.Oopik Waltz (Eskimo Waltz)
- 13.The Waves of Gola
Altan: Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (vocals, fiddle); Daithi Sproule, Mark Kelly (guitar, background vocals); Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, background vocals); Dermot Byrne (accordion); Ciaran Curran (bouzouki).
Additional personnel: Jerry Douglas (dobro); Steve Cooney (nylon string guitar, bass); Bonny Raitt (slide guitar); Neil Martin (cello, keyboards); Alan Smale, Niamh Nelson, Gillian Williams, Bill Butt (strings); Mick O'Brien (Uilleann pipes); Mick Kinsella (harmonica); Triona Ni Dhomhnaill (piano); Donal Lunny (keyboards); James "Hutch" Hutchinson, Steve Cooney (bass); Jimmy Higgins (bodhran).
Recorded at Glencoe Studios, Finsbury Sound, and Sundial Studios, Dublin, Ireland; Royaltone Studios, Los Angeles, California; Creation Audio, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Personnel: Ciar n Tourish, Mair‚ad N¡ Mhaonaigh (vocals, fiddle); Da¡th¡ Sproule, Mark Kelly, Bonnie Raitt (guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Neil Martin (cello, keyboards); Dermot Byrne (accordion); D¢nal Lunny (keyboards); Jimmy Higgins (bodhran).
Audio Mixer: Gary Paczosa.
Recording information: Creation Audio, Minnea; Finsbury Sound; Glencoe Studios, Dublin, Ireland; Royaltone Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sundial Studios; Westland Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
Photographer: Paul McCarthy.
The whole Celtic music craze turned many opportunistic American musicians into Irish Rovers, but this joyous mix of traditional jigs and folksy tunes by six natives is the real deal. The band features two fiddlers, an accordionist, a bouzzouki player, and two guitarists, with lead vocals by Maircad Ni Mhaonaigh, switching off in mood and tempo from track to track. The opening number "Bcidh Aonach Amarach" ("There's a Fair Tomorrow") sets the tone with a festive, skipping jam featuring textured guitars with vocals sung in Gaelic (the English lyrics are in the booklet) before the fiddlers take over. The mood of most of the ballads is set on "Green Grow the Rushes," a gentle little romance featuring airy voices and a subtle accordion harmony. A nonexpert in Celtic music might not catch the swift switch between traditional jigs on the colorful medley beginning with "Gusty's Frolicks," but the intensity of the playing dares listeners to keep their toes tapping in time during the celebration. A little taste of the States enters the picture on a gentle new version of Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country," which features a line or two from "Scarborough Fair." Colorfully written liner notes explain both the origins of many of these tunes as well as a brief history. The album was released just in time for St. Patty's day and is the perfect annual soundtrack to the occasion. ~ Jonathan Widran