The Mauch Chunk Opera House brings traditional Irish music with a contemporary flair as it welcomes The Alt on Thursday, October 8th at 8 PM.
John Doyle is one of the great guitarists and singer/songwriters in recent times. His album with Karan Casey “Double Play” received a 2010 Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional World Music Record, while his work with legendary Irish groups such as Solas, and the Teetotallers solidifies his stature. He also toured with Joan Baez as her music director and guitarist.
Nuala Kennedy, squarely part of the new generation of singers crossing between Irish, Scottish and contemporary music, is a traditional singer, flute player, tunesmith and songwriter. The combination of the cultures of Scotland and Ireland, is what has made Nuala the artist she is today. She released her third solo record ‘Noble Stranger’ (Compass Records) in 2012 to much critical acclaim.
Eamon O’Leary, one half of the Murphy Beds who stunned audiences last summer with their unique songs, close harmonies, and extraordinary string work. Released in 2012 his album with Jefferson Hamer was described by the Huffington Post as “ten beautiful, crystalline songs.”
The beautiful mountain Knocknarea in Ireland’s County Sligo is said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve. The ‘Alt’ is a storied glen on the side of Knocknarea, and it was in the shadow of this glen in the little village of Coolaney that the three master Irish traditional musicians in first came together.
Each player in The Alt is a leading light of today’s folk scene – at its heart The Alt is a celebration of friendship and song with old ballads, winding tunes, and freshly discovered songs that each artist brings to the table reflecting the pure love of the song that has made Irish music so beautiful and compelling over thousands of years.The Alt Website