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Album Review

A classic for lovers of good and heartfelt music played with joy. This has Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains combining forces with one of the best assemblages of country musicians put together. A diverse group it definitely is, stretching from Ricky Skaggs to Don Williams to Colin James running into Willie Nelson and Chet Atkins and so forth in a cornucopia of audio delight. From the opening joy of "Happy to Meet," tcrossing the musical streets to "Heartbreak Hotel," to the romping joy shown by the players in "Cotton-Eyed Joe" and "Cunla," this CD is a never-ending country grab-bag of musical mastery. The players seem to be a unit that has been been down the long hard road of wire fenced stages in cheap bars together honing its skills, which arrive at fruition here.

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Surprising Synergy

The Chieftains reach out and merge their traditional Irish music with Amercan country, gospel and bluegrass in this delightful compilation album. Well known American country artists like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Chet Atkins tackle some Irish standards, while U.S. country, rockabilly and folk classics such as Wabash Cannonball, Heartbreak, Hotel and I Can't Stop Loving You are given the Celtic treatment. The results are no less than wonderful in this natural blending of traditional genres, as we are reminded how many early American folk and Appalachian ballads are based on Irish originals.


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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