Album Name: Horse with a Heart
Altan Horse with a Heart
Artist Name: Altan
Category: Classic
Country: Ireland
Released Year: 1989
Description: From one of the premier Irish bands around comes this masterwork of fiddles and vocals. The highlight throughout the album is the parallel fiddling of Maighread Ni Mhaonaigh and Paul O'Shaughnessy. While this album predates some of their slightly better-known work, it provides the same basic set of music: reels, jigs, Gaelic vocals, etc. Ni Mhaonaigh's vocals stand out excellently over the top of the rest of the ensemble when present, and work well with the guest pianist on "The Lass of Glenshee," breaking up the fiddle and flute tracks for a bit. The technique is outstanding, as one would expect from a group with this level of acclaim. The real delight in this album is most likely the manner in which the group members show themselves to be capable of so many aspects of Irish music, all with a high level of ability. They seamlessly switch from jigs on fiddles to unaccompanied Gaelic songs to flute numbers and back. This would serve well as a nice introduction to Irish music, as it covers many of the basic genres.

Lyrics Titles:

1.The Curlew/McDermott's/Three Scones of Boxty/Unnamed Reel
2.The Lass of Glenshee
3.Con Cassidy's & Neil Gow's Highlands/Moll and Tiarna/Mcsweeney's Reel
4.The Road to Durham
5.An T-Oilean Ur
6.An Grianan/Horse With a Heart
7.A Bhean Udal Thail
8.Welcome Home Grainne/Con McGinley's
9.Tuirse Mo Chroi
10.Come Ye by Atholl/Kitty O'Connor
11.An Feochan
12.Paddy's Trip to Scotland/Dinky's/The Shetland Fiddler

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