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The Chieftains assemble a diverse cast for this Christmas special. “St. Stephen’s Day Murders” is a comic original, written by Elvis Costello and Paddy Moloney, depicting family holiday strife; the rest are traditional, but hardly predictable. Kate and Anna McGarrigle make “Il Est Né / Ca Berger” heavenly, Marianne Faithfull brings grit to the fiddle-strewn “I Saw Three Ships a Sailing,” and Rickie Lee Jones is full of yearning on “O Holy Night.” Like the perfect Christmas, The Bells of Dublin is rich with bonhomie.

Customer Reviews

Eclectic Holiday Mash-up ... Chieftains style

This a wonderfully rich mix of songs for the holiday with the Chieftains tying it all together ... nothing cliche here. My favorite holiday album for many years. Take a look at the guest mix - Elvix Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Jackson Browne, Rikki Lee Jones ... who knows how they came up with this list but somehow it all works very well.

The Wren

Never will you find a down home experience like this. You will be transported to Dublin for a Christmas treat. The wren song is worth the price of the album.

the bells of dublin

I purchased this years ago for the I saw three ships sailing song and many became favorites, love nanci griffith's voice in the wexford carol, this really is a lovely collection of music.


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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