Altan's new album, The Widening Gyre, fuses the traditional Irish music that they are known for, namely Donegal fiddling and Gaelic singing traditions, with American roots music, particularly that of the Appalachian bluegrass fiddle. Recording in Nashville for only the second time and the first time for a full album, the band was able to gather many of the roots musicians they've met over their years together, including Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Eddi Reader, Bryan Sutton, and Compass co-founder Alison Brown. The Widening Gyre is a compelling development in Altan's story proving that they are still growing as artists, even after 35 years together.
"One of the most touching things you'll hear this year." The Arts Desk
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