The Chieftains 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The debut album by the Chieftains, recorded when they were still a semi-professional outfit, is more restrained than their subsequent efforts. The opening number introduces each of the bandmembers, Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts on pipes, followed by Michael Tubridy on flute and David Fallon on bodhran, Martin Fay on the fiddle, and then Tubridy on the concertina. The group would later acquire what can only be called a more soulful approach, but the playing here was a revelation at the time, if only for its stripped-down authenticity. The music -- mostly airs, reels, and jigs -- and performances lack the otherworldly quality that characterized the Chieftains' 1970s albums, but...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The debut album by the Chieftains, recorded when they were still a semi-professional outfit, is more restrained than their subsequent efforts. The opening number introduces each of the bandmembers, Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts on pipes, followed by Michael Tubridy on flute and David Fallon on bodhran, Martin Fay on the fiddle, and then Tubridy on the concertina. The group would later acquire what can only be called a more soulful approach, but the playing here was a revelation at the time, if only for its stripped-down authenticity. The music -- mostly airs, reels, and jigs -- and performances lack the otherworldly quality that characterized the Chieftains' 1970s albums, but the melodies are still extremely pretty, and make up in immediacy and high spirits what they lack in mystique and mysticism. Martin Fay's fiddle is more prominent here than on subsequent records, where Moloney's pipes became the major voice within the group. Highlights include "Comb Your Hair and Curl It/The Boys of Ballisodare," "The Musical Priest/The Queen of May," "The Walls of Liscarroll," and "The Connemara Stocking."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678332425
  • Catalog Number: 83324

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chieftains Primary Artist
David Fallon Bodhran
Martin Fay Fiddle, Percussion, Violin
Paddy Moloney Pipe, Whistle (Instrument), uillean pipes, tin whistle
Sean Potts Whistle (Instrument), tin whistle
Michael Tubridy Flute, Concertina
Technical Credits
David Fallon Contributor
Paddy Moloney Arranger, Composer, Musical Director
Seán Ó Riada Contributor
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Sean MacReamoinn Contributor
Edward Delaney Cover Design
Morgan O'Sullivan Engineer
Traditional Composer
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