CD - Celtic Music - When it comes to Celtic music, few artists capture the heart and spirit of Irish tradition as Altan does. More than just a collection of their greatest hits, this album is a showcase for the crystalline singing of vocalist/fiddler Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. Each of this album's cuts are centered around her lilting vocals. Many of the pieces are ballads and airs, like the sweet tune "The Pretty Young Girl" from their BLUE IDOL album or the very emotive "Ten Thousand Miles" from ANOTHER SKY. Even the more energetic numbers like "Beidh Aonach Amarach" and "Ar Bhruach Na Carraige Ba'ine" have a good-natured sense of joy and charisma that strikes a chord with the listener.