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Water from the Well
‘Water from the Well’ is a collection of tunes drawn together from the length and breadth of the island of Ireland. It is, in the truest sense of the word, a musical journey which sees The Chieftains travel back to their musical roots, revisiting people, places and music they first met way, way back. ‘Water from the Well’ sees the Chieftains at their traditional best, collaborating once again but this time with their fellow traditional players – friends old and new. This journey takes us from Matt Molloy’s pub in Westport, to the Community Hall in Kilfenora with a sprinkling of the famous Céilí band; from Dingle with copious singers to squeeze boxes and set dancers in Laois; and from the Glens of Antrim with twelve harpers to Donegal with Altan.


Track Listing

  1. Lots of Drops of Brandy
  2. Bean an Fhir Rua (The Red Haired Man’s Wife)
  3. Jack of All Trades
  4. Within a mile of Dublin/The Old Blackthorn
  5. The Dusty Miller
  6. The Lovely Sweet Banks of the Moy
  7. An Poc ar Buile (The Mad Puck Goat)
  8. The Dingle Set
    Tom Billy’s/The Gladstone/The Star above the Garter
  9. Planxty George Brabazon
  10. The Donegal Set
    Willy’s Single/King of the Pipers/The Glen Road to Carrick
  11. The May Morning Dew
  12. The Kilfenora Set
  13. An Buinneán Buí (The Yellow Bittern)/The County Tyrone/Newry Hornpipe
  14. Ballyfin Polkas
  15. Casadh an tSúgáin (Twisting of the Rope)
The Wide World Over

“When a group like the Chieftains survives to play music together for forty years Ireland, and indeed, the world, has every reason to celebrate. And one of the primary reasons for the relatively phenomenal success of the Chieftains is their willingness to embrace change. Evidence of which is contained, in abundance, on this CD. Back when Paddy Moloney (uilleann pies and tin whistle), Sean Keane (fiddle); Derek Bell (harp/piano); Kevin Conneff (bodhran/vocals) and Matt Molloy (flute) first played together, they performed purely folk music. Music like March of the Kings of Laois/Paddy’s Jig/O’ Keefe’s The Chattering Magpie, which kicks off this collection. Or Live From Matt Molloy’s Pub, a track from their last album,Waters From The Well, which brought the Chieftains right back to their roots.

But time and again along the way founder member Paddy Moloney has insisted on pushing the musical boundaries of the group further than maybe even he could have conceived was possible forty years ago. Indeed, what other group could make the leap from largely improvised reels to meticulously arranged and orchestrated movie music such as Morning Dew/Women of Ireland, The Love Theme From Barry Lyndon, then cross cultural boundaries and slip so easily into a track like Guadalupe, complete with Txalaparta introduction? Or slide into the heart of country music to perform tunes like Cotton Eyed Joe with Ricky Skaggs, and Full of Joy with a Chinese Band?

Then, of course, there are the Chieftain’s forays into the world of rock ‘n’ roll, which is where they really have stretched the boundaries of Irish music bringing on board rip-roaring reprobates like The Rolling Stones, for a version of Rocky Road to Dublin that gleefully redefines the word ‘rocky.’ Equally transformative are their collaborations with rock icons such as Sinéad O’ Connor, on The Foggy Dew; Elvis Costello, on Long Journey Home ; Van Morrison on Shenendoah and Joni Mitchell on The Magdelene Laundries. Add to that list former Police-man Sting singing Mo Gile Mear and you’ll see what I mean by musical eclecticism.”

– Joe Jackson


Track Listing

  1. March of the King of Laois/ Paddy’s Jig/O’ Keeffees – Chattering Magpie
    Live from ‘An Irish Evening’
  2. The Foggy Dew
    with Sinéad O’ Connor from ‘The Long Black Veil’
  3. I Know my Love
    with the Corrs from ‘Tears of Stone’
  4. Cotton-Eyed Joe
    with Ricky Skaggs from ‘Another Country’
  5. The Magdalene Laundries
    with joni Mitchell from ‘Tears of Stone’
  6. Live from Matt Molloy’s Pub
    from ‘Water from the Well’
  7. Shenandoah
    with Van Morrison from ‘Long Journey Home’
  8. The Munster Cloak/An Poc ar Buile/Ferny hill-Little molly
  9. Morning has Broken
    with Diana Krall and Art Garfunkel
  10. Morning Dew/Women of Ireland
    from ‘Film Cuts’
  11. Mo Ghile Mear
    with Sting from ‘The Long Black Veil’
  12. Carolan’s Concerto
    from ‘The Celtic Harp’
  13. Guadalupe
    with Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos from ‘Santiago’
  14. Full of Joy
    with Chinese Ensemble from ‘The Chieftains in China’
  15. Here’s a Health to the Company
    from ‘A Chieftains’ Celebration’
  16. Chasing the Fox
  17. Long Journey Home (Anthem)
    with Elvis Costello from ‘Long Journey Home’
  18. The Rocky Road to Dublin
    with The Rolling Stones from ‘The Long Black Veil’
  19. Redemption Song
    with Ziggy Marley
Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions

A host of new and established country, bluegrass and roots music artists have joined forces with the world renowned Chieftains for a series of historic Nashville sessions celebrating the ties that bind Ireland’s enduring musical heritage to the heartland of America.

Titled ‘Down the Old Plank Road’ and set for release on RCA Victor, September 17, the album’s fourteen tracks feature performances by Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Lyle Lovett and Patti Griffin. Legendary instrumentalist Earl Scruggs as well as the eclectic Bela Fleck are also highlighted, as are the bluegrass virtuosos Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss and Jeff White. ‘Down the Old Plank Road’ also spotlights special guests John Hiatt along with the duos Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings and Buddy and Julie Miller. The album is produced by Chieftains founder Paddy Moloney.


Track Listing

  1. Down The Old Plank Road . – John Haitt, Bela Fleck , Jeff White and Tim O’ Brien
  2. Country Blues. – Buddy and Julie Miller
  3. Sally Goodin. – Earl Scruggs
  4. Dark As A Dungeon. – Vince Gill
  5. Cindy. – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
  6. Molly Ban. – Alison Krauss
  7. Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down. – Lyle Lovett
  8. Bela’s Reels. – Bela Fleck
  9. Whole Heap Of Little Horses. – Patty Griffin
  10. Rain And Snow. – Del McCoury Band
  11. I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight. – Martina McBride
  12. Tennessee Stud. – Jeff White
  13. Katie Dear. – Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
  14. Give The Fiddler A Dram (Finale). – Various
Further Down the Old Plank Road

The critically acclaimed and two time Grammy Award nominated ‘Down the Old Plank Road’ was one of the major events in roots music circles last year. The record paired the world’s most famous traditional Irish band with some of the greatest pickers, troubadours, country stars and American favourites in Nashville. The Chieftains were out to demonstrate the musical bedrock that Ireland and America share. Sometimes the songs were native to one side of the Atlantic and sometimes they came from the other. It made no difference. Whatever the song’s origin, the collaborations on Down the Old Plank Road worked brilliantly.

The subsequent TV special and DVD included several performances that did not appear on the album, suggesting the The Chieftains had more Plank Road “in the can”, and ‘Further Down the Old Plank Road’ is proof of that. Whether it’s a sad ballad or a hornpipe, this is music that unites our cultures in a profound way. And whether in a studio in Nashville or on a stage in Dublin, The Chieftains communicate in a universal language.

The album’s 16 tracks feature performances by Chet Atkins, Carlene Carter, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs, Nickel Creek, John Hiatt, Allison Moorer, Tim O’Brien, John Prine, Jerry Douglas, Joe Ely, Don Williams and Doc Watson.


Track Listing

  1. The Raggle Taggle Gypsy – with Nickel Creek
  2. Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel – with John Hiatt
  3. Hick’s Farewell – with Alison Moorer
  4. Shady Grove – Tim O’Brien
  5. The Girl I Left Behind in Tennessee – with John Prine
  6. Rosc Catha na Mumhain/Arkansas Traveller/The Wild Irishman – with Jerry Douglas
  7. Lambs in the Greenfield – with Emmylou Harris
  8. The Moonshiner/I’m a Rambler, I’m a gambler – with Joe Ely
  9. Wild Mountain Thyme – with Don Williams
  10. Chief O’ Neill’s Hornpipe -with Chet Atkins
  11. Bandit of Love/The Cheatin’ Waltz – with Carlene Carter and Sharon Shannon
  12. The Squid Jiggin’ Ground/Larry O’ Gaff – with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  13. Three Little Babes – with Patty Loveless
  14. Fisherman’s Hornpipe/The Devil’s Dream – with Doc Watson
  15. Talk About Suffering/Man of the House (Reel) – with Ricky Skaggs
  16. The Lily of the West – with Rosanne Cash
Live from Dublin: A Tribute to Derek Bell
We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the nomination of The Chieftains for the 2006 Grammy Awards. The legendary musical Ambassadors of Ireland, The Chieftains, who have released 35 albums, received six Grammys, an Oscar, an Emmy and a Genie, have been nominated in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album for “Live From Dublin – A Tribute To Derek Bell” (RCA Victor) The 2006 Grammy Awards will take place Wednesday February 8 in Los Angeles, California, USA. On “Live From Dublin: A Tribute To Derek Bell”, The Chieftains not only celebrate the life and legacy of one of its most beloved members, but also provide an intriguing glimpse into the acclaimed past and bright future of these internationally acclaimed Irish musical ambassadors.


Track Listing

  1. Introduction: John Kelly
  2. Opening Medley
    Brian Boru’s Marh
    featuring Allan Tully (Bagpipes)
    Nine Points of Roguery (reel)
    The Magpie – Pretty Girls 9reel)
    Trad Arr. by P. Moloney
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  3. Down the Old Plank Road
    featuring Jeff White – Guitar
    Frankie Lane – Dobro/Vocals
    Pete Cummins – Guitar/Vocals
    Trad Arr. by P. Moloney
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  4. Derek’s Tune
    The Geese and Bright Love
    Featuring Caroline Lavelle – Cello
    Tríona marshall – Harp
    Composed by P. Moloney, Trad Arr. by P. Moloney
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  5. Galician Medley
    Never Trust a Man’s love
    Featuring Yvonne McMahon – vocals
    Múneira de Jios
    Duelling Chanters
    Featuring Carlos Núñez – Gaita/Recorder/Whistle
    Xurxo Núñez – Percussion/Guitar
    Pancho Alvarez – Mandolin/Vocals
    Trad Arr. by P. Moloney
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  6. Ellen browne
    Featuring Kevin Conneff
    Trad Arr. by Kevin Conneff
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  7. Medley
    Banish Misfortune
    Morning Dew
    Arkansas Traveller (reel)
    Wild Irishman (reel)
    Featuring Michael Tubridy – Flute
    Seán Potts – Tin Whistle
    Trad Arr. by P. Moloney
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  8. Oiche Nollaig (Christmas Eve)
    featuring Micháel Ó Suillabháin – Piano
    Trad. Arr by Micháel Ó Suillabháin
    Published by Copyright Control
  9. Fionnghuala
    Performed by Anúna
    Directors: Michael and John McGlynn
    Solo: John McGlyn
    Edited by John McGlynn
    Anúna appears courtesy of KOCH Records
    Trad. Arr by The Brophy Band
    Published by Copyright Control
  10. Carrickfergus
    Featuring Allison Moorer – Vocals
    Trad Arr. by P. Moloney
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  11. I’ll Tell Me Ma
    featuring Ronnie Drew
    Trad Arr. by Ronnie Drew
    published by Copyright Control
  12. Tá an Coileach ag Fógairt an Lae (3 pipes)
    Featuring Terry Tully – Low Pipes
    Carlos Núñez – Gaita
    Paddy Moloney
    Trad Arr. by P. Moloney
    published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
  13. Ottawa Valley Dance
    Featuring Jon Pilatzke – Fiddle/Dance
    Nathan Pilatzke – dance
    Trad Arr. by Jon Pilatzke & Nathan Pilatzke
    published by Copyright Control
  14. Finale
    Featuring Seán Keane, Matt Malloy, Kevin Conneff, Alison Moorer, Peter browne, jeff White, Micháel Ó Súillabháin, Frankie Lane, Paddy Moloney, Caroline Lavelle, Jon Pilatzke, Carlos Núñez
    Published by Copyright Control
  15. Farewell to Music
    Tríona Marshall – Harp
    Trad. Arr. by Tríona Marshall
    Published by Copyright Control
San Patricio

2010 release, a musical collaboration between the Irish Folk legends, guitarist Ry Cooder and guests.  San Patricio rekindles their Grammy winning partnership with Cooder, illuminating musical and historical bonds between Ireland and Mexico.  The Album tells the nearly forgotten story of the brave San Patricio battalion, a downtrodden group of Irish immigrants who deserted the US Army to fight on the Mexican side in the Mexican/American War (1846-48).  Features guest appearances from Lila Downs, Linda Ronstadt, Carlos Nunez, Moya Brennan, Lost Tigres Del Norte and others.

Track Listing:

  1. La Iguana
  2. La Golondrina
  3. A La Orilla de Un Palmar
  4. Danza de Concheros
  5. El Chivo
  6. San Campio
  7. The Sands of Mexico
  8. Sailing to Mexico
  9. El Caballo
  10. March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande)
  11. Lullaby for the Dead
  12. Luz de Luna
  13. Persecucion de Villa
  14. Cancion Mixteca (Intro)
  15. Cancion Mixteca
  16. Ojitos Negros
  17. El Relamago
  18. El Pajaro Cu
  19. Finale

Produced by Paddy Moloney and Ry Cooder

Voice of Ages

2012 release from The Chieftains, an imaginative collaboration featuring a dazzling collection of like-minded musical visionaries and kindred spirits, Voice of Ages, produced by Paddy Moloney and T Bone Burnett, features The Chieftains teaming with stars from the worlds of indie-rock (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem), country and Americana (The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers), Irish and Scottish folk (Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, Paolo Nutini) and more.


Track Listing:

  1. Carolina Rua w/ Imelda May / Reel-The Ladies Pantalettes
  2. Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies w/ Pistol Annies
  3. Pretty Little girl w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
  4. Down In The Willow Garden w/ Bon Iver
  5. Lily Love w/ The Civil Wars
  6. The Lark In The Clear Air / Olam Punch w/ Punch Brothers
  7. My Lagan Love w/ Lisa Hannigan
  8. When The Ship Comes In w/ The Decemberists
  9. School Days Over w/ The Low Anthem
  10. The Frost Is All Over w/ Punch Brothers
  11. Peggy Gordon w/ The Secret Sisters
  12. Hard Times Come Again No More w/ Paolo Nutini
  13. The Chieftains Reunion
  14. The Chieftains In Orbit w/ NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman
  15. Lundu w/ Carlos Nunez

Produced by Paddy Moloney & T Bone Burnett