Altan set for arts centre debut!






Renowned trad group perform this Saturday (19th)



Traditional music group Altan have played at venues across the globe, from Europe to the US and even Japan. This Saturday evening (19th), however, they are are back on home soil and will take to the stage at the Roscommon Arts Centre from 8 pm.

  Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh founded the group with her late husband, Belfast flute player Frankie Kennedy, in the early 1980s, and the Gweedore native is looking forward to Altan’s Roscommon performance this Saturday.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People this week, Mairéad said: “We’ve never played at the Roscommon Arts Centre before but we have played the Boyle Arts Festival a few times. I’ve also played many sessions in Boyle and other venues in Roscommon.

  “We are out of the country performing most of the time so it’s nice to get the chance to come back and perform in Ireland. We want to play in Ireland, it’s where our music is from and we don’t see why we wouldn’t have the audience here that we have elsewhere in the world.

  “We are very much looking forward to Saturday’s performance. There is a great musical tradition in Roscommon and the surrounding areas and of course we all know local musicians such as John Wynne. I would have known Josie McDermott and of course Matt Molloy too,” she said.

  Altan have been touring consistently since the band’s formation and boast a number of award-winning recordings, from the most sensitive and touching ancient ballads to energetic reels and jigs.

  The group’s current line-up of Mark Kelly (guitar), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Daithí Sproule (guitar) Martin Tourish (fiddle, whistles), and Mairead remain at the forefront of traditional Irish music worldwide. Mairead says the group always strives to share their culture to new, expanding audiences through their live performances and albums such as their latest offering, ‘The Gap of Dreams’.

  Altan’s much-anticipated performance in Roscommon Arts Centre takes place this Saturday (19th) at 8 pm, and tickets are available on 090-6625824 or