The Chieftains – An Irish Evening (1992)

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.

An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast is an album by the Chieftains. The album consists of a live recording of a concert (over two nights) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band invited on stage Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the British band the Who, and American folk singer Nanci Griffith to join them for several songs.(wikipedia)


While there’s nothing quite like seeing the Chieftains live in concert, An Irish Evening marks the next best thing. Recorded live over two evenings at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, the disc captures the group’s eclectic, fun, and loving approach to traditional Irish music. American country-folk singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith (a huge star in Ireland in her own right) provides sweet vocals on “Little Love Affairs,” “Red Is the Rose,” and “Ford Econoline.” The Who’s Roger Daltrey sounds a tad awkward on the traditional “Raglan Road” and the music hall-ish “Any Old Iron,” but delivers a fascinating trad-style acoustic rendition of his group’s “Behind Blue Eyes.” An Irish Evening will appeal to die-hard fans and, with the co-billing of Daltrey and Griffith, will likely attract a whole new audience as well. (by Roch Parisien)

Recorded live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast on July 31 & August 1, 1991


Derek Bell (harp, dulcimer, keyboards)
Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals)
Seán Keane (fiddle)
Matt Molloy (flute)
Paddy Moloney (bagpipes, tin whistle)
Jean Butler (dancer on 12.)
Clive Culbertson (bass)
Roger Daltrey (vocals on 09., 10. + 13.)
Dave Early (drums)
Martin Fay fiddle on 11.)
Nanci Griffith (vocals on 04., 05. + 13.)
Billy Nichols (vocals on 10.)


01. Opening Medley: Dóchas/King of Laois/Paddy’s Jig/O’Keefe’s/Chattering Magpie (Traditional) 9.19
02. North Americay (Traditional) 4.08
03. Lilly Bolero/The White Cockade (Traditional) 3.12
04. Little Love Affairs (Griffith/Hooker) 2.59
05. Red Is The Rose (Traditional) 3.27
06. The Mason’s Apron (Traditional) 5.21
07. The Stone (Traditional) 6.32
08. Miscellany: Theme from Tristan and Isolde/Súisín Ban/Good Morning Nightcap/The Galway Races/The Jolly Tinker (Traditional) 8.56
09. On Raglan Road (with Roger Daltrey) (Traditional/Kavanagh) 5.23
10. Behind Blue Eyes (Townshend) 4.24
11. Medley: Ó Murchú’s Hornpipe/Sliabh Geal gCua Na Feile (Traditional) 4.17
12. Damhsa (Traditional) 3.00
13. Rachamíd A Bhean Bheag/Ford Econoline/Any Old Iron (Traditional) 10.20



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Paddy Moloney (1 August 1938 – 11 October 2021)[1] was an Irish musician, composer, and producer who co-founded and led the Irish musical group The Chieftains[2] and played on every one of their albums.

Paddy Moloney was born in Donnycarney, Dublin, Ireland.[1] His mother bought him a tin whistle when he was six and he started to learn the Uilleann pipes at the age of eight.

In addition to the tin whistle and the Uilleann pipes, Paddy Moloney also played button accordion and bodhrán.

In the late 1950s he met Seán Ó Riada and joined his group Ceoltóirí Chualann in the early 1960s.

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Along with Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy, Moloney formed the traditional Irish band The Chieftains in Dublin in November 1962. As the band leader, he was the primary composer and arranger of much of the Chieftains’ music, and composed for films including Treasure Island, The Grey Fox, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

Moloney did session work for Mike Oldfield, The Muppets, Mick Jagger, Gary Moore, Paul McCartney, Sting, Don Henley, and Stevie Wonder.

Together with Garech de Brún (anglicised to Garech Browne) of Luggala, he founded Claddagh Records in 1959. In 1968 he became a producer for the label and supervised the recording of 45 albums.

He was married to artist Rita O’Reilly and the couple had three children, Aonghus Moloney, Padraig Moloney, and actress producer Aedin Moloney. He was a fluent speaker of the Irish language.

He died, suddenly, on 11 October 2021, aged 83 (wikipedia)

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