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Another Sky

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Released  29 February 2000
Another Sky (2000)  The Blue Idol (2002)
Release date  29 February 2000
Label  Narada World
Length  49:32
Artist  Altan
Producer  Altan
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Genres  Folk music, Folk music of Ireland
Similar  Altan albums, Celtic music albums

Altan beidh aonach am rach

Another Sky is the seventh studio album by Irish traditional band Altan. It was released in February 2000 on the Narada Productions label.


The title derives from a line in Steve Cooney's song "Island Girl", which Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sings on the album with Cooney himself as accompanist. This album is a slight departure from previous Altan albums, in that there is a Bob Dylan song. The album also features the Scots language song, "Green Grow The Rushes" by Robert Burns. A video was released for the Irish track Beidh Aonach Amárach.

Another Sky was also mixed by nine-time Grammy Award-winner Gary Paczosa.

Track listing

  1. "Beidh Aonach Amárach (There's a Fair Tomorrow)" (Trad. Irish) – 4:20
  2. "Green Grow the Rushes" (Trad. arr. Robert Burns) – 3:57
  3. "The King of Meenasillagh/Lamey's/The High Fiddle Reel" (Trad./Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh) – 2:49
  4. "Island Girl" (Steve Cooney) – 4:09
  5. "Eoghainín Ó Ragadáin" (Trad. Irish) – 3:48
  6. "Ten Thousand Miles" (Trad.) – 3:05
  7. "Gusty's Frolics/Con's Slip Jig/The Pretty Young Girls of Carrick/The Humours of Whiskey" (Trad.) – 5:07
  8. "Girl From The North Country" (Bob Dylan) – 3:28
  9. "The Verdant Braes of Screen" (Trad.) – 3:25
  10. "The Dispute at the Crossroads/Columba Ward's/ Siuns Reel" (Trad/Ciaran Tourish) – 3:18
  11. "Tiocfaidh an Samhradh (Summer Will Come)" (Trad. Irish) – 3:36
  12. "The Ookpik Waltz" (Trad.) – 4:47
  13. "The Waves of Gola" (Mark Kelly) – 3:44

See tune identifications for this album at

Album tracks performed live

Altan played live in concert the following tracks: "Green Grow the Rushes", "Eoghainín Ó Ragadáin", "Ten Thousand Miles", "Gusty's Frolics/Con's Slip Jig/The Pretty Young Girls of Carrick/The Humours of Whiskey", "The Dispute at the Crossroads/Columba Ward's/ Siuns Reel".


  • Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh – Fiddle, Vocals
  • Ciaran Tourish – Fiddle, whistle, backing vocals
  • Dermot Byrne – Accordion
  • Ciarán Curran – Bouzouki
  • Mark Kelly – Guitar, backing vocals
  • Dáithí Sproule – Guitar, backing vocals
  • Guest musicians

  • Steve Cooney – Bass, guitar
  • Jerry Douglas – Dobro
  • Jimmy Higgins – Bodhrán
  • James Hutchinson (musician) – Bass
  • Mick Kinsella – Harmonica
  • Dónal Lunny – keyboards
  • Neil Martin – Cello, keyboards
  • Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill – Piano
  • Mick O'Brien – Uillean pipes
  • Bonnie Raitt – Slide guitar
  • String quartet:
  • Bill Butt
  • Niamh Nelson
  • Alan Smale
  • Gillian Williams
  • Production

  • Altan – Producer
  • Conal Markey – Engineer
  • Gary Paczosa – Mixer
  • Doug Sax – Mastering
  • Dave McKean – Design, illustration
  • Paul McCarthy – Band Photography
  • Jan Voster – Landscape Photography
  • Songs

    1Beidh Aonach Amárach (There's a Fair Tomorrow)4:21
    2Green Grow the Rushes3:57
    3The King of Meenasillagh / Lamey's / The High Fiddle Reel2:49


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