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Altan are an Irish folk music group. They were formed in County Donegal in 1987 by lead vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and her since-deceased husband Frankie Kennedy. They brought Donegal's rich collection of Irish language songs and instrumental styles to audiences around the world, and they remain the world's foremost Irish traditional group with over a million records sold. They were the first traditional group to be signed to a major label when they signed with Virgin Records in 1994. Altan have established a large following in Ireland, UK, Europe, United States, Canada and even in Japan. They have worked with a wide variety of well-known musicians including Dolly Parton, Enya, The Chieftains, Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss.

  • also known as Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Altan; Mhaonaigh, Mairéad Ní & Altan; Ní Mhaonaigh, Mairéad & Altan
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  • genres: Folk music, Folk music of Ireland
  • albums: "Horse With a Heart", "The Red Crow", "Harvest Storm", "Island Angel", "The First Ten Years: 1986/1995", "Blackwater", "Blackwaterside", "Runaway Sunday", "The Best of Altan", "Another Sky", "Once Again: 1987 - 1993", "The Blue Idol", "The Best of Altan: The Songs", "Local Ground", "Altan's Finest", "25th Anniversary Celebration", "Collection", "Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen", "Best of 1987 - 1993", "Essential: The Very Best of Altan"
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"Altan" is the second album by Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, originally released in 1987 by Green Linnet Records. The musicians appearing on this album are substantially those that became the early incarnation of the band Altan. The said band have later called the album their debut album.


  1. Altan is a fictional character from the 2007 film Mongol.
  2. Altan is a fictional film character.

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Google previewWorld Music, Traditions and Transformations (2015)

Arts, Art history by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Boulanger • Bouzouki CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS: KEY TERMS, PEOPLE, PLACES , CONCEPTS Altan: Altan is a common masculine Turkish given name used also as surname and a Mongolian given name. Altan means 'golden' in Mongolian ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Mongol World Empire (2003)

by Paul D. Buell

ALTAN. Mongolian word meaning “golden,” or “imperial.” ALTAN DEBTER. Lost Mongolian chronicle used extensively by Rasth al-Din (q.v.). It included some of the same material found in the Secret History of the Mongols (q.v.), and is one of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of British Place-Names (2011)

by David Mills

Altan (Altan) Donegal. 'Little height'. Altan, Lough (Loch Allltäin) Donegal.

Google previewMongolian-English Dictionary (2013)

by Ferdinand D Lessing

Altan Tobci. The Mongolian Chronicle Altan Tobci. Text, Translation, and Critical Notes by Charles Bawden. Gbttinger Asiatische Forschungen, Band 5, Wiesbaden, 1955. Bobrovnikov,A.Grammatika mongol'sko-kalmyckogo jazyka. Kazan' ...

Google previewA Concise Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2013)

by John Powers

Altan conferredon himthe title “Ta le,”or“Ocean,” implying that hewas an “ocean of wisdom.” The Tibetan version ofthis designation, “Dalai Lama,” wasretroactively conferred on histwo predecessors (DGE 'DUN GRUB anddGe'dun rgyamtsho) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dinosaurs (1997)

by Philip J. Currie, Kevin Padian

June and July were devoted to exploration of the late Campanian or middle Maastrichtian dinosaurbearing beds of the Nemegt Formation at the localities of Altan Ula, Nemegt, and Tsagan Khushu and the Paleocene deposits at Naran Bulak, ...

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Why VGC Language School - Aura, Altan, Alvaro & Kristina

There are several reasons why students from all over the world come to Vancouver, Canada, to study English at VGC Language School. In this video, students ...

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