Album Name: Local Ground
Altan Local Ground
Artist Name: Altan
Category: Classic
Country: Ireland
Released Year: 2005
Description: When Altan first lit up the folk scene in 1989 with the superb Horse With a Heart, critics and listeners alike heralded them as the future of traditional Celtic music. Slowly but surely the group lived up to its promise, delivering album after album of forward-thinking jigs, ballads, reels, and airs, but as the genre became flooded with likeminded acts, Altan records began to show signs of wear and tear, with keyboards and fretless bass replacing the band's signature acoustic -- but still very contemporary -- sound. Altan have managed to rediscover the spirit that originally moved them on Local Ground, their tenth studio release and third since leaving Green Linnet for the Narada label. The heavenly voice of lead singer/fiddler Maighread Ni Mhaonaigh has never sounded better, especially on standout ballads like "As I Roved Out" and "The Wind and Rain," and the group -- always a single organism -- rips through piece after piece like the bandmembers' lives depended on it. Other highlights include the fiery "Tommy Peoples/The Road to Cashel/The Repeal of the Union/Richie's Reel," the rousing traditional tale of young love -- with additional lyrics penned by Maighread's father -- "Eirigh 's Cuir Ort Do Chuid Eadaigh (Arise Now and Dress Yourself)," and the gorgeous closer -- an effective Altan tradition -- "Dun Do Shuil (Close Your Eyes)." ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide.

Lyrics Titles:

1.Eirigh 's Cuir Ort Do Chuid Eadaigh (Arise Now and Dress Yourself)
2.Tommy Peoples/The Road to Cashel/The Repeal of the Union/Richie's Reel
3.Is the Big Man Within?/Tilly Finn's Reel
4.Adieu, My Lovely Nancy
5.Bo Mhin Na Toitean/Con McGinley's Highland/Seanamhach Tube Station
6.Amhran Pheadair Bhreathnaigh
7.The Roseville
8.As I Roved Out
10.The Wind and Rain
11.The Silver Slipper
12.Dun Do Shuil (Close Your Eyes)

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