Editors’ Notes Celtic folk and American roots music have influenced each other greatly over the years, particularly in the instrumentation and the general approach of playing together and sharing songs. The long-running Altan make these ties quite clear, recording this mixed bag of jigs, reels, and songs with some of Nashville’s top-tier players. Singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sounds particularly fetching on the ambient “Cuirt Robin Finley” and the melancholy “Lurgy Streams,” while the band kick up their heels with typically spectacular results on the reels. It’s also worth noting that “White Birds” features lyrics borrowed from a Yeats poem.

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Maggie's Pancakes / Píobaire an Chéide / The Friel Deal (Reels) [with Alison Brown, Stuart Duncan, Todd Phillips, Jim Higgins & Kenny Malone]
1
3:35
 
No Ash Will Burn (with Kenny Malone, Bruce Molsky, Garry West & Jeneé Fleenor)
2
3:21
 
Buffalo Gals / Leather Britches / Leslie's Reel (With Darol Anger, Alison Brown, Todd Phillips & Jim Higgins)
3
3:55
 
Má Théann Tú 'un Aonaigh (with Alison Brown, Natalie Haas & Jim Higgins)
4
2:39
 
A Tune for Mairéad and Anna (with Stuart Duncan & Natalie Haas)
5
3:51
 
White Birds (with Will Barrow & Mary Chapin Carpenter)
6
4:40
 
The Tin Key / Sam Kelly's Jig / The Gravediggers (Jigs) [with Michael McGoldrick, Alison Brown, Todd Phillips & Jim Higgins]
7
3:23
 
Cúirt Robin Finley (with Darol Anger & Natalie Haas)
8
4:16
 
The House Carpenter (Gypsy Davy) [with Alison Brown, Tim O'Brien, Julee Glaub Weems, Todd Phillips & Jim Higgins]
9
4:33
 
Samhradh (Slow Reel) / Aniar Aduaidh (Jig) / The Donegal Jig [with Alison Brown, Natalie Haas, Todd Phillips & Jim Higgins]
10
6:11
 
Lurgy Streams
11
4:01
 
The Triple T (with Darol Anger, Alison Brown, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Todd Phillips, Bryan Sutton & Jim Higgins)
12
5:50
 
Far Beyond Carrickfinn (with Eddi Reader)
13
3:48
 
The Road Home (with Darol Anger & Jerry Douglas)
14
4:56
 

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