In 2014, I was playing around with iTunes Radio, Apple’s first music streaming service (since incorporated 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 similar music. This virtual radio station was called Radio Altan.

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. Eventually, I created a playlist of my favorite songs and shared it with a few friends who I thought might appreciate this music. My favorite Irish bands are Altan and Lúnasa. Lúnasa and other instrumental bands were inspired by a seminal 1970’s group called The Bothy Band (see track 2).

To listen to the entire playlist, click here.

Radio Altan Playlist