Altan at The Iron Horse

Back on Sunday, Jenn and I made the trip up to The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA to see Altan perform. It was my first time seeing them play for a few years, and I’m glad to report that I think they may have been even better this time around than they were then.

Ever since I first started going to see Altan shows back in 1994 or so, I’ve always thought that their live performances were a better representation of the “real” Altan than their later albums have been. The polish of the albums is replaced by enormous energy, and the lack of production makes the talent of the various band members even more apparent. This time around the lineup consisted of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle/vocals), Dáithí Sproule (guitar/vocals), Ciarán Tourish (fiddle), Dermot Byrne (button accordion) and Ciarán Curran (bouzouki), and all were in excellent form. It was our good fortune that the Iron Horse show was only the fourth on their current U.S. tour, which meant they hadn’t yet been tired out by too much time on the road. The appreciative audience got two long sets filled with a few songs and plenty of Altan’s take on Donegal fiddle music, with both tunes from their earlier albums and some newer material. The between song banter was entertaining too. All in all, it was a great show, and I’ll be looking forward to Altan’s next pass through the area.

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