Irish Supergroup Altan Announces Poison Glen, New Album on Compass Records


With legendary status worldwide, ALTAN is at the pinnacle of Irish music – a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius.  And, after 30 years together, they are still making music as exciting and relevant as when they first started. The Poison Glen (Gleann Nimhe)  is seemingly propelled by a raw energy channeled from the pub sessions where the band cut their teeth and which has inspired the last 40 year wave of interest in the “new traditional” Irish sound.  The CD is reminiscent to earlier classic albums such as The Red Crow and Horse with a Heart, and the instrumental prowess of Ciaran Tourish (fiddle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Mark Kelly (guitar), Ciarán Curran (bouzouki) and Daithi Sproule (guitar) alternately shines on sets of sprightly jigs, driving reels and gorgeous airs, and interweaves with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s ethereal vocals to stunning effect. Standout tracks on the album include “The House on the Corner”, “The Lily of the West” and “The Wheels of the World.”

Stream The Poison Glen, here

USA Tour
3 March – The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN
4 March – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
6 March – Barns at Wolftrap – Vienna, VA
7 March – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA
8 March – City Winery – New York City, NY
9 March – The Music Hall – Portsmouth, NH
10 March – Somerville Theatre – Somerville, MA

14 March – Espace Roudour – St Martin des Champs
15 March – Centre Culturel Balvoine – Arques
16 March – Les Saulnieres – Le Mans
17 March – Disneyland – Paris

12 April – Ullensaker Kulturhus – Jessheim
13 April – Fredrikstad
14 April – Drammen
15 April – Skien
17 April – Grimstad
18 April – Kristiansand
19 April – Sandnes
20 April – Stryn
21 April – Florø
22 April – Vågå, Skien
24 April – Kolbotn
25 April – Bø Telemark
26 April – Modum
27 April – Nøtterøy