San Patricio

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
To delve into history is to reach into mystery. Music is a time-honored method for investigating both. The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney has been obsessed with the historical account of the San Patricios, a band of immigrant Irish soldiers who deserted the American Army during the Mexican-American War in 1846 to fight for the other side, against the Manifest Destiny ideology of James Polk's America. Moloney's Chieftains and co-producer Ry Cooder decided to try to tell it musically. The result brings this fascinatingly complex tale to life in the modern world and examines issues of discrimination, conscience, and empire. The knowledge of Argentinian radio programmer Guadalupe ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
To delve into history is to reach into mystery. Music is a time-honored method for investigating both. The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney has been obsessed with the historical account of the San Patricios, a band of immigrant Irish soldiers who deserted the American Army during the Mexican-American War in 1846 to fight for the other side, against the Manifest Destiny ideology of James Polk's America. Moloney's Chieftains and co-producer Ry Cooder decided to try to tell it musically. The result brings this fascinatingly complex tale to life in the modern world and examines issues of discrimination, conscience, and empire. The knowledge of Argentinian radio programmer Guadalupe Jolicouer pointed Moloney to traditional Mexican sources -- canciones, sons, norteños, rancheras, boleros, and polkas from the period. Moloney sorted them. He then selected, arranged, and added music he knew from the period that echoed the Irish sources. He and Cooder rounded up the numerous players, instruments, and locales necessary. Mexican performers such as los Tigres del Norte, Lila Downs, Chavela Vargas, los Folkloristas, los Camperos de Valles, and many others are featured alongside the Chieftains, Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Galician piper Carlos Nunez, Liam Neeson, and Van Dyke Parks. Sessions were taped in Mexico, Spain, Los Angeles, New York, and Dublin. Sung in Spanish and English, the collection illumines the San Patricios' chapter in Irish history, which was considered shameful until recently -- though in Mexico they've always been regarded as heroes. Through utterly compelling and ingenious musical preservation and invention, the album asks questions about commonalities between cultures; it offers evidence that history, when told personally enough, reflects shared experiences across territorial and chronological lines, and stands outside any "official" narrative, mirroring back to listeners what they can feel empathy for and sympathize with. While this album sounds like the Chieftains playing in fusion mode, it is so much more ambitious than anything they've attempted before. Some of the music here is contemporary, though much of it is over a century old; yet it reaches past its settings into the present day, telling of the indelibly rich meeting of two cultures oppressed by a third. It's full of gorgeous songs of heroism, love, tragedy, and loss. San Patricio's songs are sung passionately, without artifice, they're played expertly. The album may jar some listeners initially, but spending a little time with it will remedy that. San Patricio, more than merely satisfying Moloney's obsession, raises more questions about what stories lay hidden under the floorboards of history than it answers, thank goodness. Music this beautifully articulated allows cultures to talk to one another across time, space, language, and other divides.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072313217
  • Catalog Number: 31321
  • Sales rank: 1,660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Iguana - Lila Downs (3:34)
  2. 2 La Golondrina - Los Folkloristas (3:08)
  3. 3 La Orilla de un Palmar - Linda Ronstadt (3:32)
  4. 4 Danza de Concheros - Los Folkloristas (1:30)
  5. 5 El Chivo - Los Cenzontles (2:05)
  6. 6 San Campio - Carlos Núñez (2:45)
  7. 7 The Sands of Mexico (4:47)
  8. 8 Sailing to Mexico - Carlos Núñez (2:01)
  9. 9 El Caballo - Los Camperos de Valles (2:41)
  10. 10 March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande) - L.A. Juvenil (4:11)
  11. 11 Lullaby for the Dead - Moya Brennan (4:37)
  12. 12 Luz de Luna - Chavela Vargas (3:30)
  13. 13 Persecución de Villa - Mariachi Santa Fe De Jesus (Chuy) Guzman (2:56)
  14. 14 Canción Mixteca (Intro) (2:55)
  15. 15 Canción Mixteca - Los Tigres del Norte (3:14)
  16. 16 Ojitos Negros - Los Cenzontles (2:25)
  17. 17 El Relampago - Lila Downs (3:16)
  18. 18 El Pájaro Cu - La Negra Graciana (2:36)
  19. 19 Finale - L.A. Juvenil (5:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chieftains Primary Artist
Ry Cooder Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Timbales, Vocals
Matt Molloy Flute
Van Dyke Parks Piano, Accordion
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
Chavela Vargas Vocals
Seán Keane Fiddle
Kevin Conneff Bodhran
Marcos Hernandez Vocals, Huapanguera
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle, Tin Cans
Gregorio Solano Vocals, Jarana
Eugene Rodriguez Vihuela
Hugo Arroyo Tuba, Vocals, Guitarron, Quijada
Graciana Silva Harp, Vocals
Carlos Núñez Gaita, Low Whistle
Juan Rodriguez Violin
Miguel Pena Guitar
Neil Martin Cello
Pancho Alvarez Bouzouki
Ersi Arvizu Vocals
Eduardo Hernández Electric Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Luis Hernández Accordion, Vocals, Bajo Sexto
Juan Carlos Allende Guitar
Adrian Nieto Mandolin, Percussion
Oscar Lara Drums
Efrén Vargas Mandolin, Percussion
Carlos Henderson Bass
Rene Camacho Bass, Upright Bass
Lila Downs Vocals
Jorgé Hernández Accordion, Vocals
Hernán Hernández Electric Bass, Vocals
Samuel Torres Conga, Maracas, Cajon
Camilo Ramirez Hernandez Violin
Triona Marshall Harp
Raul Cuellar Violin
Moya Brennan Vocals
Celso Duarte Fiddle, Harp, Vocals
Jon Pilatzke Fiddle
Yayo Serka Cajon
Niamh Ni Charra Concertina
Juancho Herrera Guitar, Vocals
Ernesto Villa Lobos Fiddle, Jarana
Juan Jimenez Guitarron
Liam Neeson Narrator
Sergio Alonso Harp
Sofia Fojas Violin
Jesus Guzman Violin
Jimmy Cuellar Violin
Robert Curto Accordion
Arturo Gallardo Clarinet
Javier Rodriguez Trumpet
Xurxo Nunez Drums, Electric Guitar
Edmar Castaneda Harp, cuatro
Mariachi Santa Fe De Jesus (Chuy) Guzman Vocals
Fabiola Truijillo Vocals
Rogelio Navarrate Clarinet
Daniel García Hughes Snare Drums
Felipe Ochoa Vocals, Requinto
Marco Ochoa Vocals, Jarana
Julian Gonzalez Violin
Paul Cohen Vocals
Gabriela Rodriguez Percussion
Omar Valdez Percussion
Hugo Hernandez Bass Drums
Jorge López Calderón Snare Drums
Ubaldo Hernandez Trumpet
Luciana Rodriguez Vocals
Jose Avila Percussion
Marisa Bautista Vocals
Jesus "Chuy" Guzman Violin
Olga Alanis Percussion
German Lopez Vihuela
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Composer, Producer, Laud
Linda Ronstadt Arranger
Alvaro Carrillo Composer
Los Folkloristas Arranger
Kevin Conneff Lilting
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jeffrey Lesser Engineer
Paddy Moloney Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Brian Masterson Engineer
La Negra Graciana Arranger
Los Camperos de Valles Arranger
Eugene Rodriguez Arranger
Rodolfo Vazquez Engineer, Field Recording
Martin Pradler Engineer
Traditional Composer
Lila Downs Arranger, Step Dancing
Jon Pilatzke Step Dancing
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Brendan Graham Composer
Steve Macklam Art Direction
Don Hoffman Engineer
A. Carrillo Composer
Brain Masterson Engineer
Xurxo Nunez Engineer
Jose Lopez Alavez Composer
Guadalupe Jolicoeur Art Direction
Julian Gonzalez Arranger
Samuel Margarito Lozano Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Original

    The CD addresses a not well known event in the history of Mexico, the role the battalion of San Patricio played in the Mexican-American war. This unit composed of Catholic Irish immigrants was greatly abused by their mostly Protestant Anglo officers, and when they reached Mexico, they chose to side with the Catholic Mexicans. Their bravery was exemplary and to this day they are honored as one of the bravest units to fight for Mexico.

    The Chieftains continue in the CD their exploration of world folk music by partnering with local artists. While some songs are a great success, others are lacking. However, this is a very original collection of songs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Different, delightful

    "Guinness with a lime and a shot of tequila back" to quote my 25 yr old nephew. I bought the CD because I was intriqued. Ry Cooder and The Chieftains? Look closer, Lila Downs, Mariachi Santa Fe, Linda Rondstadt, Los Fokloristas, Carlos Nunez. It works, Folks. Lyrical, martial, haunting......Listen to the CD and do your own review of composition, instruments, or individual performers. Or listen to the CD and indulge yourself. ps: I have very eclectic tastes in music

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    Posted March 15, 2010

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