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1990s

Over the Sea to Skye - The Celtic Connection

James Galaway and The Chieftains

This was the second major collaboration with flute virtuoso James Galway, and includes a number of Scottish classic airs. The recording took place in Australia during a tour which included a number of live recordings from Brisbane.

 

Track Listing

  1. Carolan’s Quarrel with the Landlady
  2. Three Hornpipes: Eugene Stratton, The Banks, Arthur Seat
  3. Over the Sea to Skye
  4. A Slip and a Double Jig
  5. Cath Chéim an Fhia
  6. The Rowan Tree
  7. Bonny Prince Charlie
  8. Lillibulero
  9. The Dark Island
  10. Skibbereen
  11. A Fanfare
  12. The Last Rose of Summer
  13. Dance in the Morning Early
  14. The Three Sea Captains
  15. Full of Joy (Chinese Folk Tune)
  16. Solo Salutes (Finale)
The Bells of Dublin

The twelve bells of Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin, date back to 1738, and are rung twice every Sunday and also peal on special occasions such as the inauguration of the President. As a tradition the people of Dublin City gather in Christchurch Place to hear the bells ‘ring-in’ the new year.

The bells of Dublin are part of the fabric of life in Dublin, as are their ‘voice’ sounds and patterns, and this has been incorporated into the opening piece, and made into an underlying theme for the proceedings.

The Chieftains are joined by The Renaissance Singers Belfast, Elvis Costello, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Burgess Meredith, Marianne Faithfull, Nolwen Monjarret, The Voice Squad, Nanci Griffith, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, and the Northumbrian Pipe playing of Kathryn Tickell and the accordion of Brendan Begley on various carols and Christmas airs for this album of special memories which brings together all the colours of the festive season.

During recording, engineer Brian Masterson went as far as to climb the belfry of Christchurch with microphones to capture the tone of the bells accurately!

Paddy was also given a lesson on how to use the traditional hand bells, kindly ???
The entire recording was filmed and is available on video.

 

Track Listing

  1. The Bells of Dublin
  2. Past Three O’ Clock (with the Renaissance Singers)
  3. St. Stephen’s Day Murders (with Elvis Costello)
  4. Il Est Né/Ca Berger (with Kate and Anna McGarrigle)
  5. Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil (with Burgess Meredith)
  6. I Saw Three Ships a Sailing (with Marianne Faithfull)
  7. A Breton Carol (with Nolwen Monjarret)
  8. Carols Medley:
    O The Holly She Bears a Berry, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Boar’s Head
  9. Carols Medley:
    O The Holly She Bears a Berry, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Boar’s Head
  10. Carols Medley:
    O The Holly She Bears a Berry, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Boar’s Head
  11. The Wexford Carol (with Nanci Griffith)
  12. The Rebel Jesus (with Jackson Browne)
  13. Skyline Jig
  14. O Holy Night (with Rickie Lee Jones)
  15. Medley “The Wren! The Wren!”:
    O The Arrival of the Wren Boys
    The Dingle Set – Dance
    The Wren in the Furze
    A Dance Duet – Reels
    Brafferton Village/Walsh’s Hornpipe
    Farewell:
    The Piper Through the Meadow Strayed
    This is the Season to be Merry
  16. Medley “The Wren! The Wren!”:
    O The Arrival of the Wren Boys
    The Dingle Set – Dance
    The Wren in the Furze
    A Dance Duet – Reels
    Brafferton Village/Walsh’s Hornpipe
    Farewell:
    The Piper Through the Meadow Strayed
    This is the Season to be Merry
  17. Medley “The Wren! The Wren!”:
    O The Arrival of the Wren Boys
    The Dingle Set – Dance
    The Wren in the Furze
    A Dance Duet – Reels
    Brafferton Village/Walsh’s Hornpipe
    Farewell:
    The Piper Through the Meadow Strayed
    This is the Season to be Merry
  18. Medley “The Wren! The Wren!”:
    O The Arrival of the Wren Boys
    The Dingle Set – Dance
    The Wren in the Furze
    A Dance Duet – Reels
    Brafferton Village/Walsh’s Hornpipe
    Farewell:
    The Piper Through the Meadow Strayed
    This is the Season to be Merry
  19. Medley “The Wren! The Wren!”:
    O The Arrival of the Wren Boys
    The Dingle Set – Dance
    The Wren in the Furze
    A Dance Duet – Reels
    Brafferton Village/Walsh’s Hornpipe
    Farewell:
    The Piper Through the Meadow Strayed
    This is the Season to be Merry
  20. Medley “The Wren! The Wren!”:
    O The Arrival of the Wren Boys
    The Dingle Set – Dance
    The Wren in the Furze
    A Dance Duet – Reels
    Brafferton Village/Walsh’s Hornpipe
    Farewell:
    The Piper Through the Meadow Strayed
    This is the Season to be Merry
  21. Once in Royal David’s City
  22. Ding Dong Merrily on High
  23. O Come All Ye Faithful
Reel Music
A collection of various pieces of music from film scores composed by Paddy Moloney and performed by the Chieftains, guests and various symphony orchestras. The music featured is from such films as Treasure Island, Barry Lyndon, Three Wishes for Jamie, Tristan and Isolde, The Grey Fox and The Year of the French.

 

Track Listing

Treasure Island:

    1. Opening Theme
    2. Loyals March
    3. Island Theme
    4. Setting Sail
    5. French Leave
    6. Blind Pew
    7. Treasure Cave
    8. The Hispanola/Silver and Loyals March

Barry Lyndon:

    1. Love Theme

Three Wishes for Jamie:

    1. Love Theme
    2. The Matchmaking
    3. Mountain Fall/Main Theme

Tristan and Isolde:

    1. Love Theme
    2. March of the King of Cornwall
    3. The Falcon
    4. Escape and Chase
    5. The Departure

The Grey Fox:

    1. Main Theme

The Year of the French:

  1. The French March
  2. Cooper’s Tune/The Bolero
  3. Closing Theme & March
Another Country

The concept for doing a country album had been in Paddy’s mind for some time. Following a sellout show at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center and guest-hosting of a programme for the Nashville Network’s “American Music Shop” – most of the guests from which appear on this recording – The Chieftains were in Javelina Studios recording ‘Killybegs’ with members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The buzz from that session encouraged The Chieftains to book studio time for a run of recordings to complete this album in Nashville after the tour. A recording of Cúnla with Colin James a few days previously joined the album which was already taking shape, and after recording ‘Goodnight Irene’ with Willie Nelson in Ireland, it was back to Nashville for a busy and enjoyable week of recordings with such legends as Don Williams, Ricky Skaggs – whose enthusiasm and energy helped put the project together – Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, amongst others. At the end of the week, with standing room only in the studio, all of the artists assembled for the grand finale ‘Did you Ever Go A-Courtin’, ‘Uncle Joe’ and finishing with ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’. A magical time, a magical album.

‘Another Country’ received 2 Grammy awards for ‘Best Contemporary Folk Album’ and ‘Best Traditional Folk Album’ in 1993. It was also nominated that year in 3 other categories: ‘Best Pop Instrumental Performance’, ‘Best Country Vocal Collaboration’, and ‘Best Country Instrumental Performance’ (for ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’)

 

Track Listing

  1. Happy to Meet
  2. I Can’t Stop Loving You (with Don Williams)
  3. Wabash Cannonball: Morning Dew, Father Kelly’s Reels (with Ricky Skaggs)
  4. Heartbreak Hotel, The Cliffs of Moher Jig (with Chet Atkins)
  5. Goodnight Irene (with Willie Nelson)
  6. Cúnla (with colin James), The Friar’s Breeches
  7. Nobody’s Darlin’ but Mine (with Emmylou Harris)
  8. Cotton-Eyed Joe (with Ricky Skaggs)
  9. Tahitian Skies (with Chet Atkins)
  10. Killybegs (with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  11. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
  12. Finale: Did you Ever go a-Courtin, Uncle Joe, Will the Circle be Unbroken (with Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Chet Atkins)
Best of The Chieftains
A collection of the best music of The Chieftains to date.

 

Track Listing

  1. Up Agains the Buachalawns
  2. Boil the Breakfast Early
  3. Friel’s Kitchen
  4. No. 6 The Coombe
  5. O’ Sullivan’s March
  6. Sea Image
  7. An Speic Seoghaach
  8. The Dogs among the Bushes
  9. The Job of Journeywork
  10. Oh! The Breeches full of Stitches
  11. Chase around the Windmill
  12. Toss the Feathers
  13. Ballinasloe Fair
  14. Cailleach an Airgid
  15. Cúil Aodha Slide
  16. The Pretty Girl
  17. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  18. The Reel with the Beryle
An Irish Evening

Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, With Roger Daltrey and Nanci Griffith

The idea for this album came out of the very first Chieftains Festival, a week long series of concerts, featuring such artists as Roger Daltrey, Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera, The Pogues, Fergal Sharkey, Midge Ure, Ralph McTell and Alan Stivell.. They were approached by UTV on the strength of this to do a tv special, with two performances at the Belfast Opera House with special guest stars. The Chieftains managed to include an album and video in the deal, and the shows went ahead successfully featuring Roger Daltrey, Nanci Griffith and step dancer Jean Butler.

‘An Irish Evening’ received a Grammy for ‘Best Traditional Folk Album’ in 1993.

 

Track Listing

  1. Opening Medley: Dóchas, King of Laois, Paddy’s Jig, O’ Keeffe’s, Chattering Magpie – Reels
  2. North Amerikay
  3. Lilly Bolero/The White Cockade
  4. Little Love Affairs (with Nanci Griffith)
  5. Red is the Rose (with Nanci Griffith)
  6. The Mason’s Apron
  7. The Stone
  8. Miscellany: Theme from Tristan and Isolde, Súisín Bán, Good Morning Nightcap, The Galway Races, The Jolly Tinker
  9. Raglan Road (with Roger Daltrey)
  10. Behind Blue Eyes (with Roger Daltrey)
  11. Medley: Ó Murchú’s Hornpipe, Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile, The Wandering Minstrel
  12. Damhsa (with Jean Butler)
  13. Rachaimíd a Bhean Bheag (with Nanci Griffith and Roger Daltrey)
The Celtic Harp

Five of the tracks on this album were recorded in Frank Zappa’s home studio before he died, ‘The Green Fields of America’ sung by Kevin Conneff being a personal favourite of his. Two months later, the album was completed in Windmill Lane Studios with The Belfast Harp Orchestra with whom they had played and recorded a very successful show in London’s Barbican Centre a few months previously.

‘The Celtic Harp’ won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Traditional Folk Album’ in 1994.

 

Track Listing

  1. Mac Allistum’s March – Máirseail Alasdroim
  2. Tribute to Bunting
  3. The Parting of Friends – Kerry Fling
  4. Planxty Bunting
  5. Madame Cole
  6. The Blackbird
  7. Táimse im’ Chodladh
  8. Sonny Brogan’s Mazurkas
  9. The Wild Geese
  10. The Green Fields of America
  11. Carolan’s Concerto
  12. The Lament for Limerick
Long Black Veil

A major collaboration album featuring some of the biggest artists in the music world, such as Sting, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, Sinéad O’ Connor, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Ry Cooder and Mark Knopfler, performing some of the best loved and known Irish tunes, ballads and songs. It is one of The Chieftains’ most successful albums to date.

The track ‘Have I Told You Lately’ won a Grammy award for ‘Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals’ in 1996. ‘The Long Black Veil’ was also nominated for 2 other Grammys in the same year.

 

Track Listing

  1. Mo Ghile Mear (Our Hero) (with Sting)
  2. The Long Black Veil (with Mick Jagger)
  3. The Foggy Dew (with Sinéad O’ Connor)
  4. Have I told You Lately That I Love You? (with Van Morrison)
  5. Changing Your Demeanour
  6. The Lily of the West (with Mark Knopfler)
  7. Coast of Malabar (with Ry Cooder)
  8. Dunmore Lassies (with Ry Cooder)
  9. Love is Teasin’ (with Marianne Faithfull)
    Madam Cole
  10. He Moved Through the Fair (with Sinéad O’ Connor)
  11. Ferny Hill
  12. Tennessee Waltz/Tennessee Mazurka (with Tom Jones)
  13. The Rocky Road to Dublin (with The Rolling Stones)
Film Cuts
From the stirring tradition ‘O’Sullivan’s March’ featured in ‘Rob Roy’ to the light-hearted and evocative tunes written by Michael Kamen for ‘Circle of Friends’ to the bare-knuckle fighting music written by John Williams for ‘Far and Away’, the presence of The Chieftains brings an authentic Irish energy to the soundtrack of any film. This album also includes such varied forays into film music composition as ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Barry Lyndon’, ‘Tristan and Isolde’, and ‘The Grey Fox’. For The Chieftains, the joy of creating music for films is matched only by the fun they have playing this music in concert before a live audience.

 

Track Listing

Rob Roy:

    1. O’Sullivan’s March

Circle of Friends:

    1. Dublin
    2. Air – You’re the One

Treasure Island

    1. Opening Theme
    2. Loyals March
    3. Island Theme
    4. Setting Sail
    5. French Leave
    6. Blind Pew
    7. Treasure Cave
    8. The Hispanola/Silver and Loyals March

Barry Lyndon:

    1. Love Theme

Tristan and Isolde:

    1. Love Theme
    2. The Falcon
    3. The Departure

The Grey Fox:

    1. Main Theme

Far and Away:

    1. Fighting for Dough

Ireland Moving

  1. Ireland Moving – Train Sequence
Santiago

More than twenty years ago Paddy was introduced to the wonderful music of Galicia by his friend Polig Monjarret. Galicia is a green and hilly region in the northwest corner of Spain, one of the poorest regions in Europe. Galicians speak their own language, and the culture, particularly the music, has more in common with those of Brittany, Wales, Scotland and Ireland than Castille or Andalusia, and was once described as ‘the world’s most undiscovered Celtic country.’

Through the years, after some memorable performances – glorious meetings of musical styles and traditions – with such artists as Galician band Milladoiro and Carlos Nunez, Paddy began to develop a project to recreate and expand on the on stage experience. They were joined onstage in different venues throughout the world by Carlos, recording as they went, sampling the many moods and musical styles of the surrounding cultures, from Breton to Basque, from Asturian to Portuguese and beyond. The Chieftains are also joined by Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos and Eliot Fisk on this album.

Paddy wrote a special piece ‘Galician Overture’ that was originally intended to be 1 minute, but ended up being 7/8 minutes long, and is now a highlight of orchestral preformances. Cuba has a very close relationship with Galicia and the Chieftains spent 2 weeks researching and putting a group of singers and musicians together. They brought Ry Cooder as a featured guest and a number of these singers and musicians became part of Ry’s Buena Vista Social Club, eg Omara Portuondo, Doc Made.

“Santiago’ won a Grammy award for ‘Best World Music’ in 1997.

 

Track Listing

Pilgrimage to Santiago:

  1. Txalaparta
  2. Arku-Dantza/Arin-Arin
  3. El Besu (The Kiss)
  4. Nao Vas Ao Mar, Toino (Don’t go to the Sea, Toino)
  5. Dum Paterfamilias/Ad Honorem
  6. Duelling Chanters
    (Sixpenny Mondy/Polka de Vilagarcia)
  7. Galician Overture
  8. Guadalupe (with Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos)
  9. Minho Waltz
  10. Setting Sail/Muineira de Frexido
  11. Maneo
  12. Santiago de Cuba (with Ry Cooder)
  13. Galleguita/Tutankhamen (with Ry Cooder)
  14. Tears of Stone
  15. Dublin in Vigo:
    1. Alborada Gallega
    2. Miudiño
    3. Lola
    4. Jackson’s Morning Brush
    5. Muiñeira de Cabana
    6. Muiñeira de Chantada
Long Journey Home

Original score for the film ‘The Irish in America: Long Journey Home’ a film by Thomas Lennon. The film was charged with telling the story of the Irish in America, and Paddy Moloney as Composer, Performer and Executive Music Producer brought some amazing acts together to put musical voice to the old stories: Sinéad O’ Connor, Van Morrison, Liam O Maonlaí, Mary Black, Vince Gill, Eileen Ivers, and Elvis Costello. Said Paddy Moloney when approached about taking on board a year’s work for the film when working on two other albums at the same time: “I have to do this…It’s part of me.”

‘Long Journey Home’ won a Grammy award for ‘Best Traditional Folk Album’ in 1998.

 

Track Listing

  1. Shenandoah (with Van Morrison)
  2. Main Theme (with the Irish Film Orchestra)
  3. Paddy’s Lamentation/Ships are Sailing (with Mary Black)
  4. Emigration Theme (with the Irish Film Orchestra)
  5. The Bard of Armagh/The Streets of Laredo (with Vince Gill)
  6. Skibbereen (with Sinéad O’ Connor)
  7. The Night that Larry was Stretched – Jig
  8. White Potatoes (with Liam Ó Maonlaí)
  9. Famine Theme
  10. Muldoon, The Solid Man/Grandfather’s Tune (with Eileen Ivers)
  11. An Raibh tú ag an gCarraig? (with Sissel)
  12. O’ Carolan’s Farewell to Music (with the Irish Film Orchestra)
  13. Bean Pháidín
  14. O’ Donnell’s Lament/Reel with the Beryle (with Eileen Ivers)
  15. American Theme (with the Irish Film Orchestra)
  16. Long Journey Home (Anthem)
Fire in the Kitchen
The second album to appear on Paddy’s ‘Wicklow’ label. This album was recorded by Paddy and the Chieftains over a month (October 1997) spent in Halifax and Cape Breton Island, Canada, and features the unique vocal and instrumental styles of some of Canada’s finest musicians, such as The Rankin Family, Laura Smith, Ashley Mac Isaac, Natalie MacMaster, to name but a few.

 

Track Listing

  1. Madame Bonaparte/Devil’s Dream/Mason’s Apron – Leahy
  2. An Innis Aigh – The Rankins
  3. Lukey/Lukaloney – Great Big Sea
  4. My Bonnie – Laura Smith
  5. My Home/The Contradiction/Julia Delaney – Ashley MacIsaac
  6. Come By The Hills – Rita MacNeil
  7. Fingal’s Cave – Natalie MacMaster
  8. A Mháirí Bhoidheach – Mary Jane Lamond
  9. Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie – Barra MacNeils
  10. Red is the Rose – The Ennis Sisters
  11. Le Lys Vert – La Bottine Souriante
Christmas in Rome
On this album, Paddy had the great honour of working with the Pope’s personal composer, Monsignor Mario Frisina, who conducts the choir and orchestra. The album features an eclectic group of soloists and choirs singing arrangements of Christmas music by Paddy Moloney. Groups like Harlem Gospel Choir, the Bulgarian Voices Angelite, the Glenstall Abbey Monks, Maire Brennan from Ireland, Sissel Kyrkjebo from Norway, and Pietro Ballo from Italy, make for an interesting collection which also features The Chieftains on a number of the arrangements.

 

Track Listing

  1. Silent Night Introduction
  2. Overture
  3. Hei Lassie
  4. Journey to Bethlehem
  5. Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker
  6. Gloria
  7. O Holy Night
  8. Joy to the World
  9. Lullabies
  10. Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil
  11. March of the Three Kings
  12. Silent Night
  13. The Shepherds
  14. Nedeleg
  15. Finale
Tears of Stone

TEARS OF STONE (RCA 1999)

“Over the years it has been The Chieftains great fortune to share the wonderful gift of our musical heritage with many of the world’s finest musicians. But of all these sesssions perhaps non stands out more sweetly or more poignant than those of “Tears of Stone”. For more than three years, balanced beween the continents, the cultures and the impossible schedules of intersecting careers, we laboured in love. Our goal was to marry the many-faceted voices of contemporary women artists from around the world with the simple beauty of traditional Irish music. Our dream was that through the interpretive power of these many voices a new voice might be created to accompany that tradition into the future. Here, etched in the laughter, the love and the loss, are the stories they have told.” – Paddy Moloney

Track Listing
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1.

Never Give all the Heart (with Brenda Fricker, Anúna)
2.

A Stór mo Chroí (with Bonnie Raitt)
3. The Lowlands of Holland (with Natalie Merchant)
4. The Magdalene Laundries (with Joni Mitchell)
5. Jimmy mo Mhíle Stór (with The Rankins)
6 I know my Love (The Corrs)

7. Factory Girl (with Sinéad O’ Connor)
8. Deserted Soldier (An Saighdiúir Treigthe) (with Mary Chapin Carpenter)
9. Ye Rambling Boys of Pleasure (with Loreena McKennitt)
10. Sake in the Jar (with Akiko Yano)
11. Raglan Road (with Joan Osborne)
12. Siuil A Run
13. The Fiddling Ladies
14. Danny Boy