Altan have always approached their music and arrangements with integrity and openness and have strived to share their culture to new expanding audiences worldwide.
On this new recording, “The Widening Gyre” their spiral of music expands, envelopes and includes friends and music that they have met on the road over their 30 years of touring professionally.
For this recording, during the summer of 2014, Altan went to the hub of country music, Nashville in Tennessee. There, they set up camp in Compass Records own studios and co-produced this album with their friend Garry West of Compass Records and engineer Sean Sullivan.
They wanted to try a new, fresh approach to recording and reflect how they have widened their musical horizons over their career and with the help of Garry produced “The Widening Gyre”, the title being a reference from W.B. Yeat’s poem ‘The Second Coming’.