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Altan (An Grianán Theatre) – Trad Week 2022

Saturday June 4, 2022
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Show Date & Time:
Saturday June 4, 8:00pm
Ticket Price:

27.50

Booking fee:

€1 per ticket

Special Info:
This event will take place in An Grianán Theatre

The spirit and sound of Altan, who make a very welcome return to Trad Week, comes from the deep and rich musical tradition of their native County Donegal.

On one of his many visits to the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair, Belfast born flute player Frankie Kennedy met fiddler and singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, sparking off a deep musical connection, marriage in 1981, and a journey that took them all over the world.

Their vision was to bring the unique repertoire of Donegal music to the world and that mission is still as strong as ever.

In the mid 80s, Mairéad and Frankie recruited bouzouki player Ciaran Curran from Fermanagh, whose intricate counterpoint is at the centre of the Altan sound, and guitarist Mark Kelly from Dublin, whose mastery of a wide palette of guitar styles and harmonic vocabulary add a breadth and depth of colour.

In 1992, the album Harvest Storm brought with it Dáithí Sproule on guitar, himself one of the pioneers of guitar in Irish traditional and folk music, having played with the wonderful Skara Brae with the O’Domhnaill family and Buncrana native Ciaran Tourish who excelled in fiery counterpoint fiddle.

One of the band’s finest hours came with the release of Island Angel in 1993, which was recognized by Billboard World Music Charts as the second biggest selling world music album globally in 1994 and in the same year, Altan performed for Bill Clinton at the White House.

The band would play for US Presidents over the course of their career as well as accompanying Irish Presidents on their state visits. Shortly after the release of this album, the legendary accordionist Dermot Byrne joined the band.

Sadly, on September 19th,1994, the band and wider world of music was dealt a devastating blow with the death of founding member Frankie Kennedy. His vision, artistry and sense of fun is still at the heart of Altan and his legacy is carried and celebrated in every note.

Martin Tourish a past TG4 Young Musician of the Year, took the accordion seat in late 2013 and the band recorded their album The Widening Gyre in Nashville with many of the great Bluegrass and American performers, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jerry Douglas and Alison Brown.

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The main box office for RCC concerts and events is located at An Grianán Theatre, Port Road, Letterkenny Tel: (074) 912 0777

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Call into An Grianán Theatre Box Office during opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

There is a €1 booking fee per ticket. These booking fees are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for credit.

We offer concessionary rate to students, over 65s, under 18s, unemployed and registered disabled. Current ID is essential to avail of these concessions. Concessions may not be available for some shows.

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Call An Grianán Theatre Box Office on Tel (074) 912 0777 (Dial 1 for Box Office).
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

VISA, Mastercard and Laser cards are accepted.

There is a €1 booking fee per ticket. These booking fees are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for credit.

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If you would prefer to have your tickets posted out please tell us at the start of your booking to avoid having multiple transactions on your credit/debit card. There is a €2.50 fee for this service.

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Tickets may be exchanged for a credit voucher (minus the cost of any booking fees).

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Terms & Conditions

  1. Latecomers may only be admitted until a suitable break in the performance at the discretion of management.
  2. Management reserves the right to refuse admission.
  3. Use of photographic and recording equipment is not permitted. Mobile phones and pagers must be turned off.
  4. Management reserves the right to make essential changes to the cast or programme without prior notice.
  5. Management reserves the right to cancel any performance without prior notice. In this event tickets may be exchanged or refunded to the face value only from the original point of sale.
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Our car park is located to the rear of An Grianán Theatre and has room for approximately 70 cars. It is free of charge.

After 6pm there is no parking fee for using the main street.

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