For anyone who loves Irish music and poetry, this is the album for you. Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and John Montague, celebrated Irish poet, have released their collaboration, The Wild Dog Rose, an album of poetry and Irish music. This album is a long time coming, something both Moloney and Montague discussed as far back as the 1960s. At long last, it’s here and now available to purchase.
As Moloney says on the sleeve notes of The Wild Dog Rose: ‘When I first spoke to John Montague, it was while recording the first Chieftain’s album at Peter Hunt Studios in Dublin. John wondered about my suggestion of calling the group TheQuare Fellas after our friend Brendan Behan’s play. John came up with the bright idea of The Chieftains based on his book of short stories Death of a Chieftain. From that point on, John and I became friends, through Claddagh, and during the making of The Northern Muse, which was the first spoken word album that I managed as a director and the manager of Claddagh Records.’
A moving and powerful combination of Moloney’s Uilleann pipes and tin whistle with Montague’s sonorous voice reciting his own poems, this is an album the world has been waiting for. Deeply moving and beautiful, it creates an atmosphere that will bring anyone listening back to the shores of Ireland. Also featured on the album are Sir James Galway, Veronica McSwiney and the other members of The Chieftains (Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Kevin Conneff and Triona Marshall).
Steeped in Irish history and language, the vagaries of love and loss, this album will be a classic of our times and well into the future.
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“Irresistible. The poet of loss and love consoled by the minstrel of delight.” – John Boorman, April 2011.