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The San Patricios were Irish immigrant soldiers who deserted the United States Army during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848 and fought for the other side. The story so fascinated Chieftains leader Paddy Moloney that he and guitarist Ry Cooder decided to join forces and tell the story together. As a result, the album plays best in its entirety where one can hear the tale unwind and feel the general pace of the tunes, as many serve as complimentary pieces to each other. A number of Mexican musicians were employed (Los Tigres del Norte, Chavela Vargas) along with Linda Ronstadt, Liam Neeson, Galician bagpiper Carlos Nunez and orchestrator extraordinaire Van Dyke Parks. The songs move between Spanish and English and tell tales of unorthodox heroism and genuine love and loss. History offers no easy answers, but the beauty of songs such as “La Golondrina,” “The Sands of Mexico,” “Luz de Luna” with Chavela Vargas and “El Relampago” with Lila Downs make for musical transcendence no matter what the language.

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Oh my...Paddy Maloney AND Ry Cooder (not to mention Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, Linda Ronstadt, Moya Brennan...etc). Christmas comes early this year. This is a wonderfully emotional CD, full of life and love and makes for one crazy mix of cultures and sounds. Hopefully it will get played more than just on St. Patrick's Day. Besides the wonderfully stirring music, the story of the San Patricios was one I'd never heard before. Highly recommend this for EVERYONE who's interested in history, world music and dancing around in their kitchen. DARE YOU NOT TO SHAKE YOUR BOOTY!

El San Patricio's

It's wonderful that The Chieftain's are remembering the San Patricios who fought on the side of Mexico and ended up being granted land in Mexico for their efforts. Excellent job and excellent music that truly captures the heart of these two beautiful countries.

Passion! Bring on the awards!

What a hoot! It's foot stomping, passionate music that belies the tragedy of the event. All the right musicians are here, including Los Tigres Del Norte, who remain true to the traditional sound of Mexican music and Chavela Vargas, whose rendering of "Luz de Luna" is soulful as it is beautiful for this icon of Mexico. If this doesn't win a bunch the Grammy's, there will be no justice in the world. Thanks to Ry Cooder and Paddy Maloney for bringing this incredible music to us.


Formed: 1963 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The original traditional Irish folk band, as far as anyone who came of age in the 1970s or '80s is concerned, is the Chieftains. Their sound, built largely on Paddy Moloney's pipes, is otherworldly, almost entirely instrumental, and seems as though it comes out of another age of man's history. That they became an international phenomenon in the '70s and '80s is testament to their virtuoso musicianship. The Chieftains were first formed in Dublin during 1963, as a semi-professional outfit, from the...
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San Patricio (Deluxe Edition), The Chieftains
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Raíces, Music, Latino, World
  • Released: Mar 09, 2010

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