Irish traditional group, Altan, has been making music for over thirty years, and are continuing that tradition with their upcoming album, The Gap of Dreams, releasing on March 2. The album was recorded in their home city of Donegal and features thirteen tracks that are a direct reflection of Irish culture. Throughout the album, Donegal is the prominent theme, immersing listeners back to a time when tradition became important, and how necessary it is to keep the tradition of stories and singing to continue through generation after generation. After all, the album's title is pulled from poet's Francis Carlin's work, "The Ballad of Douglas Bridge."
The Gap of Dreams' recordings was a family affair, as noted in a recent press release. Singer and founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh's daughter Nia Byrne contributed writing credits for "Nia's Jig," and played fiddle to accompany. Member Mark Kelly's (guitar and backing vocals) son wrote another single, "The Beekeeper" and played concertina on the single. Additional members of Altan are Dáithí Sproule (guitar and vocals), Ciarán Curran (bouzouki, bouzouki guitar) and Martin Tourish (piano accordion).
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