The Chieftains – 2 (1969)

FrontCover1.jpgChieftains 2 is the second album released by the Irish musical group The Chieftains in 1969. It was Peadar Mercier’s album debut on bodhran.

When Seán Ó Riada disbanded Ceoltoiri Chualann in 1969, several of the players wanted to continue the sound they had pioneered. The result was the reformation of The Chieftains. “The Foxhunt” had previously been known as a piper’s tune, but here it was given a full band treatment, and was widely played, as a direct result of this recording. (by wikipedia)

This is the real stuff, the very best of the group’s early albums and the best representation of the Chieftains’ original sound. If anything, the group is more confident the second time out, and the material, consisting of traditional airs, jigs, and polkas, is stronger than on the first album. Opening with the gorgeous double jig “Banish Misfortune, Gillan’s Apples,” which goes back to the time of the 16th century fiddler Raftery of Connacht, the record simply gets better all the way through. Though more familiar as a harp piece, “Planxty George Brabazon” (written by the harper-composer Turlough O’Carolan) comes off stunningly here played on pipes, flutes, etc., without a plucked instrument in sight; “The Foxhunt” is a great showcase for Martin Fay and Seán Keane’s fiddle skills; the mournful, somber, but beautiful “Am Mhaighdean Mhara” was the tune that Stanley Kubrick absorbed into his movie Barry Lyndon, and tells a magical story of torment and lost love. Production on the album is first-rate and, in particular, makes excellent use of stereo separation. (by Bruce Eder)

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Personnel:
Martin Fay (fiddle)
Seán Keane (fiddle)
Peadar Mercier (bodhrán)
Paddy Moloney (uillean pipes, tin whistle)
Seán Potts (tin whistle)
Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, tin whistle)

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Tracklist:
01. Banish Misfortune / Gillian’s Apples 3.34
02. Seóirse Brabston (Planxty George Brabazon) 3.29
03. Bean an Fhir Rua (The Red-Haied Man’s Wife) 2.49
04. Pis Fhliuch (The Wet Quirn) (O’ Farrells Welcome to Limerick) 3.33
05. An Páistín Fionn (The Fair-Haired Child)/ Mrs. Crotty’s Reel / The Mountain Top 4.12
06. The Foxhunt 5.13
07. An Mhaighdean Mhara (The Sea Maiden) / Tie the Bonnet / O’ Rourke’s Reel 4.13
08. Callaghan’s Hornpipe / Byrne’s Hornpipe 3.13
09. Pigtown / Tie the Ribbons / The Bag of Potatoes 2.34
10. The Humours of Whiskey / Hardiman the Fiddler 2.54
11. Dónall Óg 3.54
12. Brian Boru’s March 3.12
13. Sweeney’s / Denis Murphy’s / The Scartaglen Polka 3.30

All songs are Traditionals

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