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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.
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
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by The Chieftains
||Live from Matt Molloy's Pub||Water From the Well||3:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Foggy Dew||The Long Black Veil||5:21||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Rocky Road to Dublin||The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration||4:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Long Black Veil||The Long Black Veil||3:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Wind That Shakes the Barley / The Reel With the Beryle||The Essential Chieftains||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Raggle Taggle Gypsy||Further Down the Old Plank Road||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Carolan's Concerto||The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration||3:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Here's a Health to the Company||The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration||3:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Foggy Dew (With Sinead O'Connor)||The Essential Chieftains||5:20||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Foggy Dew||The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration||5:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|