On Saturday the 15th of June awards-winning Irish Folk band Altan takes the Zomerfolk stage.
In the mid 80’s singer and fiddler
Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh
teamed up with flute-player Franky Kennedy, they released an album called Altan.
Gradually the duo grew into a band and since they started to preform under the name Altan in 1987, they sold over a million records and played on stages from America to Japan and from Ireland to New Zealand.
In 1994 the band suffered a great loss when foundingmember Franky Kennedy died after being diagnosed with cancer.
Franky Kennedy kept on touring throughout his illness and after a period of mourning the band resumed as requested by Franky before he died.
Altan is primary influenced by tunes and traditional songs in the Irish language from Donegal, moving people aroud the world with sensitive, touching songs and hard-hitting reels and jigs.
In 1996 Altan was the first traditional Irish music group to sign with a major label. Their latest album titled ‘Gap of Dreams’ was released in 2018.
Inspired enough? Want to see it? Be there at Zomerfolk, June 15th, 17.15h MainStage!!!