Evening Concert, 7.30pm Doors: Altan – Nóta (Tickets: £20/ £6 U18s) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/evening-concert-altan-nota-return-to-london-town-festival-tickets-67004733963
7.30 pm. Clayton Crown Bentley Suite. £20/£6 under 18
Making a welcome return to our festival – they last visited us in 2015 – Altan are one of the truly seminal bands in Irish music. The band started out in the early 1980s as a duo of Belfast flute-player Frankie Kennedy and singer and fiddler, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, from Gweedore. They specialized in performing old Donegal fiddle music (then little known outside Donegal) and unusual Northern flute tunes and rapidly became known for the style, power and inventiveness of their playing.
Altan has evolved over the years, in particular developing its trademark twin fiddle style. The band was signed to Virgin Records in 1996, the first Irish band of its kind to sign with a major label. They have since gained gold and platinum albums and have appeared throughout the world.
Mairéad was named TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year in 2017. This is one of Ireland’s highest musical honours and the award recognised her prominent role in supporting, nurturing and strengthening Irish traditional music.
After three decades of playing all over the world, Altan returned to the hills of Donegal to record their most recent album, The Gap of Dreams, which was released in March 2018.
Nóta features Anna Bradley Scott (fiddle/vocal), brothers Seán (accordion) and Noel Angland (flute), Joe Devine (banjo and guitar) and Sam De Santi (guitar and bodhrán). The band, forged in London’s Irish traditional sessions, combines deep respect and love for the tradition with a wide range of musical influences in tasteful and inventive arrangements.
This is Nóta’s second visit to our festival. They have been extremely well received recently at The Irish Cultural Centre and the national Theatre.