To mark the 15th anniversary of CeltFest Vancouver Island, Celtic Performing Arts is co-presenting this landmark concert with
Celtic Performing Arts & Rogue Folk presents
Altan: Direct from Ireland
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
With founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh at the helm for nearly 30 years, Altan continues to be one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage. Altan have toured all over North America and Europe. They also enjoy popularity in Japan where they frequently tour and have hosted Altan festivals in the middle of Tokyo to thousands of enthusiastic fans. From sensitive and touching old Irish songs to stirring jigs and reels, Boston Globe describes them aptly as “The hottest group in the Celtic realm!”
Their 11th studio album, Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen, was released worldwide on Compass Records in 2012. Irish Times raves, “Instrumentally, Altan have never sounded better or tighter. [Poison Glen] is richly layered musicianship shot through with a verve.”
Altan played 7 times at the Rogue between 1989 and 1999, and we are delighted to welcome them back - at last! - to North Vancouver's Centennial Theatre with a brand new studio album and a special program commemorating the life and music of one of its founding members, Frankie Kennedy, who passed away in 1994. This celebrated Irish band features Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (lead vocals, fiddle), Ciarán Tourish (fiddle, tin whistle, backing vocals), Martin Tourish (button accordion, melodeon), Dáithí Sproule (guitar/vocals) and Ciarán Curran (bouzouki, bouzouki guitar).