Line up

  • Ciaran Curran (bouzouki)
  • Jim Higgins (Bodhran)
  • Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (vocal/violiniste)
  • Mark Kelly (Guitare)
  • Martin Tourish (accordion à bouton)


Founded in the late 80’s in the wake of the Clancy Brothers, Chieftains and other Dubliners, this flagship group has released a dozen albums and visited many countries around the world.

Altan brings together four accomplished musicians around the beautiful voice of Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh who speaks in English and Gaelic, a language that preserves many treasures of the traditional sung heritage.

The group weaves a repertoire of ballads, jigs and lively reels from the wild northwestern county of Donegal and from the north of Ireland, where most of the members of the group come from.

Altan remains the gold standard of Irish traditional music today,” wrote the Irish Echo in 2005.