Altan 25th anniversary
Legendary Irish traditional band Altan are celebrating 25 years together in 2010, and to mark the occasion, they are making a trek back to one of their favorite haunts for a good many of those years--The Cedar! The line-up will feature as always the gorgeous vocals and fiddle of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, joined by Dermot Byrne on accordion, Ciarán Curran on bouzouki, Ciaran Tourish on fiddle and whistle, and our own Dáithí Sproule on guitar. Never content to stay still artistically, the band has been exploring and experimenting with their music using orchestral arrangements of their most popular pieces. The band has recorded a very special album with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and are also hard at work on another studio album. After earning many honors along the way, including performing several times for Bill Clinton, and having an official Irish postage stamp issued to commemorate their contributions to Irish culture, the band still loves most what they have been doing from the beginning: sharing great Irish music and craic with an appreciative audience.
Tickets are on sale now from the Cedar Ticketline (612-338-2674 ext 2), Cedar outlets (Irish on Grand in St Paul, Electric Fetus, Homestead Pickin' Parlor, and Depth of Field), and online at Ticketweb.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.