The Chieftains – Same (1) (1964)

OriginalLPFC1The Chieftains is the first album released by the Irish musical group The Chieftains in 1964. The album is now sometimes referred to as The Chieftains 1 due to the numbering system of their later albums. It was one of the first folk albums to be recorded in stereo. (by wikipedia)

Paddy always had a vision from the mid 1950’s. A sound he wanted to create, a sound that had never been heard before. He knew it would take much experimentation with different combinations of instruments and so he formed several groups with other musicians in duets and trios. In particular he played with Seán Potts, Michael Tubridy, Matt Molloy and Seán Keane in various combinations who would all later become Chieftains. But it was not until he had formed the original line up for The Chieftains in 1962 that he finally achieved the sound that had eluded him, a sound created by Paddy’s inspired choice of instruments, styles and players. It was only at this point did Paddy feel ready to give his group the title The Chieftains (a name which was inspired by the Irish poet John Montague) and confident enough to take his band into studio to record the very first of many, award winning albums. This recording came about at the invitation of his good friend, the Hon. Garech a Brún for his record label Claddagh Records. (offical press release)

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The debut album by the Chieftains, recorded when they were still a semi-professional outfit, is more restrained than their subsequent efforts. The opening number introduces each of the bandmembers, Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts on pipes, followed by Michael Tubridy on flute and David Fallon on bodhran, Martin Fay on the fiddle, and then Tubridy on the concertina. The group would later acquire what can only be called a more soulful approach, but the playing here was a revelation at the time, if only for its stripped-down authenticity. The music — mostly airs, reels, and jigs — and performances lack the otherworldly quality that characterized the Chieftains’ 1970s albums, but the melodies are still extremely pretty, and make up in immediacy and high spirits what they lack in mystique and mysticism. Martin Fay’s fiddle is more prominent here than on subsequent records, where Moloney’s pipes became the major voice within the group. Highlights include “Comb Your Hair and Curl It/The Boys of Ballisodare,” “The Musical Priest/The Queen of May,” “The Walls of Liscarroll,” and “The Connemara Stocking.” (by Bruce Eder)

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Personnel:
David Fallon (bodhrán)
Martin Fay (fiddle)
Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes, tin whistle)
Seán Potts (tin whistle)
Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, tin whistle)

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Tracklist:
01. Sé Fáth mo Bhuartha / The Lark On The Strand / An Fhallaingín Mhuimhneach / Trim the Velvet 8.07
02. An Comhra Donn / Murphy’s Hornpipe 4.21
03. Cailín na Gruaige Doinne (The Brown-Haired Girl) 2.51
04. Comb Your Hair And Curl It / The Boys of Ballisodare 3.15
05. The Musical Priest / The Queen Of May 3.38
06. The Walls Of Liscarroll Jig 2.44
07. An Dhruimfhionn Donn Dílis 3.03
08. The Connemara Stocking / The Limestone Rock / Dan Breen’s 2.53
09. Casadh an tSúgan 3.47
10. The Boy In The Gap 1.22
11. Saint Mary’s, Church Street / Garret Barry, The Battering Ram / Kitty goes a-Milking, Rakish Paddy 6.54

All songs: Traditionals

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James Galway And The Chieftains – In Irleland (1987)

FrontCover1James Galway, known worldwide for being one the best professional flautists of modern times, joins traditional Irish band The Chieftans for an unconventional mix of classical flute and Irish pub music. In addition to several well-celebrated Irish tunes including {&”Danny Boy”}, {&”Give Me Your Hand”}, and {&”Crowley’s Reel”}, James Galway and the Chieftains in Ireland also feautures the relationship built between the unlikely combination throughout their many rehearsals, a biography on Galway as presented by Derek Bell, and performances from venues as informal as local pubs to the internationally famous Grand Opera House in Belfast, Ireland. (Tracie Cooper)

Andyou will hear a real beautiful rendition of “Danny Boy.”

BackCover1Personnel:
James Galway (flute, whistle)
Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle)
Seán Keane (fiddle)
Martin Fay (fiddle, bones)
Matt Molloy (flute, whistle)
Kevin Conneff (bodhrán)
Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord)
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National Philharmonic Orchestra
Na Píobairí Uilleann Set Dancers

Booklet1Tracklist:
01. Roches Favourite (Set Dance) (Traditional) 3.30
02. Fanny Power; Mabel Kelly; O’Carolan’s Concerto  (O’Carolan) 6.45
03. Carrickfergus (Air) (Traditional) 3.54
04. Down By The Sally Gardens (Air) (Traditional) 2.53
05. Give My Your Hand (O’Cathan) 3.44
06. She Moved Through The Fair (Flute Solo) (Traditional) 1.56
07. The Red Admiral Butterfly (Slip Jig) (Traditional) 5.47
08. Danny Boy (Air) (Traditional) 3.20
09. Crowley’s Reel (Traditional) 3.26
10. Tristan And Isolde (Moloney) 3.31
11. Alleluia (Traditional) 4.53
12. When You And I Were Young, Maggie (Traditional) 2.26
13. The Humours Of Kilfenora; The Independent (Hornpipes) (Traditional) 4.46
14. Avondale (Air) (Traditional) 2.31
15. Up And About (Kerry Slides) (Traditional) 3.55

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The Chieftains – The Wide World Over (2002)

FrontCover1In the Chieftains’ four decades of recording, they’ve changed labels a handful of times, and each label has seen fit to record at least one or two collections of the band’s output under their tenure. At this point they have so many best-ofs and greatest-hits compilations, it’s tough for the listener to know the best of what they’re actually hearing. New millennium — new collection: the band’s longtime label, RCA Victor, has done the Celtic community a favor by releasing a collection that deals more with the band’s journey through their different phases as opposed to trying to reassemble a hits package. The end result is almost like listening to a radio station that only plays Chieftains songs. There are some live tracks, their countrified romp through “Cotton-Eyed Joe”; Van Morrison’s adult-contemporary “Shenandoah”; an unusual introduction of the bandmembers in Chinese; appearances from Sting, Diana Krall, and Art Garfunkel; and a couple of new recordings. The breezy cover of “Morning Has Broken” fares better than the hybridized “Redemption Song” (in fact, it’s a challenge to think of any instances of a successful Celtic/reggae alloy). The album will be enjoyed by Chieftains fans as a fun collection of songs they have never heard back-to-back before, and those looking for a greatest-hits collection will have plenty of other places to look. (by Zac Johnson)

Inside1Personnel:
Derek Bell (cláirseach, oboe, keyboards, tiompán, vocals)
Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals)
Martin Fay (fiddle, bones, vocals)
Seán Keane (fiddle, tin whistle, vocals)
Matt Molloy (flute, tin whistle, vocals)
Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhrán, vocals)
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Anúna (vocals)
Jean Butler (dancer)
Ry Cooder (electric guitar, mandocello)
Elvis Costello (vocals)
Art Garfunkel (vocals)
Diana Krall (vocals, piano)
Ziggy Marley (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Joni Mitchell (vocals)
Van Morrison (vocals)
Carlos Nunez (bagpipe)
Sinéad O’Connor (vocals)
Linda Ronstadt (vocals)
Ricky Skaggs (vocals)
Don Was (percussion)
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Belfast Harp Orchestra
Chinese Ensemble
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel
Los Lobos
The Corrs
The Rolling Stones

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Tracklist:
01. March Of The King Of Laois (Traditional) 4.25
02. The Foggy Dew (feat: Sinéad O’Connor) (Traditional) 5.01
03. I Know My Love (feat: The Corrs) (Traditional) 3.27
04. Cotton-Eyed Joe (feat: Ricky Skaggs) (Traditional) 2.45
05. The Magdalene Laundries (feat: Joni Mitchell) (Mitchell) 4.57
06. Live from Matt Molloy’s Pub (Traditional) 2.21
07. Shenandoah (feat: Van Morrison) (Traditional) 3.52
08. The Munster Cloak (Traditional) 6.12
09. Morning Has Broken (feat: Art Garfunkel / Diana Krall) (Traditional) 2.55
10. Morning Dew /Women Of Ireland (P.Moloney) 2.57
11. Mo Ghile Mear (feat: Sting) (P.Moloney/Traditional) 3.20
12. Carolan’s Concerto (feat: Belfast Harp Orchestra) (Traditional) 3.02
13. Guadalupe (feat: Los Lobos / Linda Ronstadt) (Traditional) 3.31
14. Full Of Joy (feat: Chinese Ensemble) (Traditional) 3.24
15. Here’s A Health To The Company (Traditional) 3.03
16. Chasing the Fox (feat: Erich Kunzel / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra) (P.Moloney/ Traditional) 4.11
17. Long Journey Home (Anthem) (feat: Anúna / Elvis Costello) (Costello/P.Moloney) 3.20
18. The Rocky Road To Dublin (feat: The Rolling Stones) (Traditional) 4.17
19. Redemption Song (feat: Ziggy Marley) (B.Marley) 4.22

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James Galway & The Chieftains – In Irleland (1987)

FrontCover1This album is the Chieftains first of their two albums with classic musician, James Galway. This album has a selection of slower airs and other tunes. The National Philharmonic Orchestra also appear on the album and join James Galway on two tracks, Danny Boy, and When You and I Were Young, Maggie. James Galway adds a nice, more classical element to the traditional sound of the Chieftains. A video was also released documenting the making of this album with cuts from the studio, concert hall and a live session at the home of one of the Chieftains.

This a brilliant mixture of Irish Folk and some very nice classical elements … You should gives this album a try !

Recorded at Windmill Studios, Dublin, January 1986 and CBS Studios,
London, June 1986.
Track 15 recorded live at Windmill Studios with dancers participating.

BackCoverAPersonnel:
Derek Bell (harp, dulcimer, harpsichord)
Kevin Conneff (bodhrán)
Martin Fay (fiddle, bones)
Seán Keane (fiddle)
Matt Molloy (flute, tin whistle)
Paddy Moloney (tin whistle, bagpipes)
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James Galway (flute, tin whistle)
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National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Na Píobairít Uilleann Set Dancers, Dublin (tap dancers)

Booklet1Tracklist:
01. Roches Favourite (Set Dance) (Traditional)  3.29
02. Fanny Power; Mabel Kelly; O’Carolan’s Concerto (O’Carolan) 6.43
03. Carrickfergus (Air) (Traditional) 3.53
04. Down By The Sally Gardens (Air) (Traditional) 2.53
05. Give Me Your Hand (O’Cathan) 3.13
06. She Moved Through The Fair (Flute Solo) (Traditional) 1.56
07. The Red Admiral Butterfly (Slip Jig) (Traditional) 5.47
08. Danny Boy (Air) (Traditional) 3.19
09. Crowley’s Reel (Traditional) 3.25
10. Tristan And Isolde (Moloney) 3.31
11. Alleluia (Traditional) 4.13
12. When You And I Were Young, Maggie (Traditional) 2.35
13. The Humours Of Kilfenora; The Independent (Hornpipes) (Traditional) 4.45
14. Avondale (Air) (Traditional) 2.32
15. Up And About (Kerry Slides)  (Traditional) 3.32

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