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5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Island Angel
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on 23 August 2004
If you're looking for good traditional Irish music, and/or the fiddle is your favourite instrument, look no further than Altan. This album wouldn't be a bad starting point, either. It is also the last that the group made before flutist/"Mairead's husband" Frankie Kennedy's death. Island Angel contains amazing reels and jigs (the most outsanding example being "Glory Reel/The Heathery Cruach"; there's a reel you will listen to over and over again!) together with some more unusual instrumental music such as "Mazurka", all of it of great quality and, more often than not, heavy on the violins, of which there are two in the group. Ni Mhaonaigh's singing appears to divide opinions, many fans of Altan being fans precisely because of it, others calling her voice shrill and singing technique unprofessional. Personally I belong to neither group, finding Ni Mhaonaigh's voice often girlish, technically far from perfect, but nevertheless pretty, and, more importantly, suitable for the songs that she performs. If you're a fan of her singing, you are sure to enjoy the songs of this album. However, the real interest of this album lies, in my view, between the songs. The instrumental music is energetic and inspired; while listening you could easily picture a group of musicians and good friends seated at their local pub and happily losing themselves in the wonderful music they are playing. Of the songs, "Dúlamán" contains a nice violin theme, and "Jug of Punch" is the one that I would count among Altan's finest. What is there in that simple little song that it should wring my heart thus?...
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on 29 November 2013
I first heard the feature song on this cd, "Dulaman", in 1993, on BBC Radio 2's Wed evening Folk music show. Made a mental note to try and hear more from Altan at some point...Only, life has this habit of getting messy, complicated, and, in the way! So, Oct 2012, I'm accidentally in Sale, the day Altan are playing Waterside Arts Centre, intimate little venue, and it's a joy to be there! It took a little time to match the song to the album, and....I wonder, are you like me? Sometimes buy an album just for this one special song? This album is just very special to me, the instrumentals are polished, professional, and, Altan are just, "saying" "and don't forget to have fun with it"!, too. You might give this a chance if you're already into World Music, and, there's this little place, Ireland, with, hundreds of years of tradition, feeling, and, why not? Excellence. That you should look into sometime. 10/10. If you're in any other category, just give anything of Altans a quick preview. It's music for which, toes were made for the tapping-to!
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on 5 November 2012
Island Angel was excellent. I have a collection of Altan CDs and this is one of my favourites.

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