A few years ago, I was playing around with iTunes Radio, Apple’s first music streaming service. (Apple has since incorporated iTunes Radio into Apple Music).

I heard the song Dúlamán and liked it a lot. Dúlamán is performed by Altan, a well-known contemporary Irish acoustic band. I wanted to find out more about the Celtic folk genre, so I decided to use Altan as a starting point and listen to related music. For several months, I listened to a variety of instrumental bands and singers. I was captivated by much of it, and I began downloading the songs I liked best. Using these songs, I created the playlist Radio Altan and shared it with a few friends who I thought might appreciate this music.

There are many great Irish bands. My current favorites are Altan and Lúnasa. Lúnasa was inspired by a seminal 70’s group called The Bothy Band (see track 2).

Playlist

Song Artist Album
1 Shamrock Shore Karan Casey Songlines
2 The Kesh Jig Bothy Band 1975
3 Dúlamán Altan Island Angel
4 Morning Nightcap Lúnasa The Merry Sisters of Fate
5 Siúil a Rúin Anúna Invocation
6 Soup of the Day Old Blind Dogs The World's Room
7 Dún Do Shúil Altan Local Ground
8 Dougie MacDonald's Solas Solas
9 Home and the Heartland Anúna Riverdance
10 The 3-Headed Monster Sharon Shannon Spellbound
11 The Keg of Brandy Karan Casey Chasing the Sun
12 Sinead Maire's Lúnasa Cas
13 Island Girl Altan Another Sky