The Chieftains – The Chieftains 3 (1971)

FrontCover1The Chieftains are a traditional Irish band formed in Dublin in 1962, by Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy. Their sound, which is almost entirely instrumental and largely built around uilleann pipes, has become synonymous with traditional Irish music and they are regarded as having helped popularise Irish music across the world. They have won six Grammys during their career and they were given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2002. Some music experts have credited The Chieftains with bringing traditional Irish music to a worldwide audience, so much so that the Irish government awarded them the honorary title of ‘Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors’ in 1989.

The Chieftains 3 is the third album released by the Irish musical group The Chieftains in 1971.

The tight formula of the first two albums loosened up on the third album. For the first time there was a mazurka (which on the original vinyl release, on the record itself, was erroneously labled “Sonny’s Maxurka”). There is still no singing, but Pat Kilduff added lilting. (wikipedia)

The Chieftains01This album is a must-have for any lover of Irish folk music, and one of the high points of the Chieftains magnificent oeuvre. It was the last, and the best, of their recordings prior to the expansion of the group to include harpist Derek Bell, and the fact that it is the definitive recording of the band’s original format is just one of the reasons why it is indispensable to the collector. The suggestion that they had run out of musical ideas is an absurdity.This is a very talented group of artists that always brought something fresh to this genre with their innovative arrangements and continuously changing combinations, and the canon of Irish traditional music is so rich and varied that three albums of material doesn’t even skim the surface. Maybe Bruce was in a funk when he heard this, but please don’t be deterred by his negativity. If you like this type of music, you are going to love this disc. The material is uniformly excellent, featuring some of the undisputed classics of the genre, and the playing sublime as always. A joyous, beautiful, rollicking romp from start to finish. Do yourself a favour and listen ! (by Dean Carr)


Martin Fay (fiddle)
Seán Keane (fiddle)
Pat Kilduff (vocals)
Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, percussion)
Paddy Moloney (bagpipes, tin whistle)
Seán Potts (tin whistle)
Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, tin whistle)

The Chieftains02Tracklist:
01. Strike The Gay Harp [jig] / Lord Mayo [air] / The Lady On The Island / The Sailor On The Rock [reels] 6.21
02. Sonny’s Mazurka, Tommy Hunt’s Jig 3.09
03. Eibhlí Gheal Chiúin Ní Chearbhaill [air] / Delahunty’s Hornpipe 3.52
04. The Hunter’s Purse [reel] 1.42
05. The March Of The King Of Laois 2.54
06. Carolan’s Concerto 2.49
07. Tom Billy’s, The Road To Lisdoonvarna / The Merry Sisters [reels] 4.53
08. An Ghaoth Aneas [air] 2.48
09. Lord Inchiquin 3.39
10. The Trip To Sligo [jig] 3.42
11. An Raibh Tú Ag An gCarraig? [air] 2.18
12. John Kelly’s, Merrily Kiss The Quaker / Denis Murphy’s [slides] 3.26

All songs: Traditionals



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