A few years ago, I was playing around with iTunes Radio, Apple’s first music streaming service. (Apple has since incorporated iTunes Radio into Apple Music).
I heard the song Dúlamán and liked it a lot. Dúlamán is performed by Altan, a well-known contemporary Irish acoustic band. I wanted to find out more about the Celtic folk genre, so I decided to use Altan as a starting point and listen to related music. For several months, I listened to a variety of instrumental bands and singers. I was captivated by much of it, and I began downloading the songs I liked best. Using these songs, I created the playlist Radio Altan and shared it with a few friends who I thought might appreciate this music.
There are many great Irish bands. My current favorites are Altan and Lúnasa. Lúnasa was inspired by a seminal 70’s group called The Bothy Band (see track 2).
|1||Shamrock Shore||Karan Casey||Songlines|
|2||The Kesh Jig||Bothy Band||1975|
|4||Morning Nightcap||Lúnasa||The Merry Sisters of Fate|
|5||Siúil a Rúin||Anúna||Invocation|
|6||Soup of the Day||Old Blind Dogs||The World's Room|
|7||Dún Do Shúil||Altan||Local Ground|
|9||Home and the Heartland||Anúna||Riverdance|
|10||The 3-Headed Monster||Sharon Shannon||Spellbound|
|11||The Keg of Brandy||Karan Casey||Chasing the Sun|
|13||Island Girl||Altan||Another Sky|