Altan (from the album The Gap of Dreams available on Compass Records)
The music in The Gap of Dreams, the recent release from Altan, mirrors the world outside the recording studio. Altan returned home, the sound of The Gap of Dreams the sound of rural Donegal, the playing transporting the songs back to a time when community came together around music, storytelling, singing, and dancing well into the night to fend off the winter outside. Traditional Celtic music is the base for The Gap of Dreams, the Gaelic language on the tracks making the vocals another instrument to blend with the band.
While the sound of Altan still springs from their native hills of Donegal, the band name is taken from a mysterious lake behind Errigal Mountain in the surrounding countryside of their homebase. The Gap of Dreams tributes the musical heritage of Altan and its Irish home as the band pick and strum freshness into the Celtic sounds. Several sets of traditional Donegal reels are presented on the album with “Seán sa Cheo / Tuar / Oíche Fheidhmiúil (A Spirited Night)” and “The Templehouse Strathspey & Reel / John Mhosey McGinley's / The Mermaid of Mullaghmore”. Altan tenderly pluck notes as “The Month of January” tells its tale of winter and speak the story of “Dark Inishowen” with a backdrop of traditional Irish Folk music.
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