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The Alt

  • C'ville Coffee 1301 Harris Street Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)

The Alt builds on the heritage of Irish immigrants who settled in Appalachia, where Irish song provided some of the building blocks for old-time, country, and bluegrass. In choosing to record their first album, the eponymously titled The Alt, at a cabin in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains, The Alt embraced this fruitful musical lineage.


John Doyle: Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Liz Carroll;; Eileen Ivers;; Karan Casey;; Solas;; Michael Black;; Mary Black;; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle;; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle);; and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) - a veritable who's who of the greatest names in Irish music. From a musical family in Dublin, John’s influences include well known English folk singers Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and The Watersons;; Scottish singers Dick Gaughan and John Martin;; and fellow Irishmen Paul Brady and Al O’Donnell as well as his father, Sean Doyle - probably the biggest influence of all.

Cathy Jordan:  In 1991 Cathy joined Sligo based traditional group Dervish and started her recording career with the Dervish album "Harmony Hill" to huge critical acclaim. This saw Cathy returning to her roots of traditional music and song and sparked off a musical journey which has spanned nearly 3 decades. During that time Cathy has been the front woman and bodhran player with the group and has led them through thousands of concerts in hundreds of cities in nearly 40 countries. Some of the more memorable of these were playing at the Great Wall of China, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and at the biggest rock music festival in the world - Rock in Rio to over 250 thousand people.

Eamon O’Leary is one of the most in-demand Irish vocalists and guitarists in the US today. Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music.

Earlier Event: April 7
Trad First Saturdays
Later Event: May 5
Trad First Saturdays