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The Alt - The Alt (Under the Arch Records)

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Named after a glen on the side of Sligo County's Knocknarea mountain, The Alt comprises a trio of familiar Irish musicians of some considerable note; multi-instrumentalist John Doyle, flautist and whistle player Nuala Kennedy and guitarist and bouzouki player Eamon O'Leary, who each combine their respective instrumental prowess with their equally rich vocal credentials on eleven songs and tunes that make up this their debut album. Recorded in the conducive tranquillity of a small Appalachian cabin in North Carolina, the songs and tunes reach back into Ireland's past and are treated to some highly skilful arrangements. Familiar songs such as Lovely Nancy, Going for a Soldier Jenny and One Morning in May are accompanied by one or two dextrous sets of tunes and a fine Scots Gaelic version of Cha Tig Mor Mo Bhean Dhachaigh. A rather superb mini-Transatlantic Session. 

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky

Radio Play: Going for a Soldier Jenny/The Chandelier (Show 352/30.11.14)
Release Date: 07.11.14
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