With a career at the pinnacle of Irish music for nearly 35 years Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Over those years they have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage.
Having toured all over the USA and Europe, Altan also enjoy huge popularity in Japan where they frequently tour and have hosted Altan Festivals in the middle of Tokyo to thousands of enthusiastic fans.
On THE WIDENING GYRE, the band explores the musical relationship between American roots music and the traditional music of Ireland. It’s the first full project Altan has recorded in Nashville, and working under the guiding hand of producer and Compass co-founder Garry West, the album pairs these Irish masters with some of the leading lights of American folk and bluegrass music, many of whom the members of Altan have known for years. The resulting music is completely engaging, simultaneously breaking new ground and reminding listeners of the ancient bond between Irish and Appalachian music.