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Altan presents its Irish music in undiluted purity

Altan — from left, Dáithí Sproule, Dermot Byrne, Ciarán Curran, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciaran Tourish and Mark Kelly — will play The Egg on Saturday.
Altan — from left, Dáithí Sproule, Dermot Byrne, Ciarán Curran, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciaran Tourish and Mark Kelly — will play The Egg on Saturday.
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There’s a deeper legend behind the title of Altan’s latest album, last year’s “Gleann Nimhe — The Poison Glen.” The title refers to a mistranslation of the Gaelic name Gleann Nimhe, a series of valleys and lakes surrounding lead vocalist and fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s home of Gweedore, in County Donegal, Ireland. Properly translated, the name means “heavenly glen,” but the legend surrounding the mistranslation was too good for the band to pass up. “We ...


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