The Chieftains 7

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
7 was the first Chieftains album released in the States by Columbia, though the group had been playing together and recording in some form since the early '60s. (Actually, 7 was first released in Ireland on the Claddagh label, and issued in America the subsequent year.) Truth be told, Chieftains albums don't vary enormously from one to the other. But this is one is, as expected, Irish traditional music of a high standard, and more varied within its LP-length program than many other such albums of the genre are. What makes the group stand out from many other Irish folk ensembles is the insistent percussive beats of their more up-tempo numbers, the rhythms held by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
7 was the first Chieftains album released in the States by Columbia, though the group had been playing together and recording in some form since the early '60s. (Actually, 7 was first released in Ireland on the Claddagh label, and issued in America the subsequent year.) Truth be told, Chieftains albums don't vary enormously from one to the other. But this is one is, as expected, Irish traditional music of a high standard, and more varied within its LP-length program than many other such albums of the genre are. What makes the group stand out from many other Irish folk ensembles is the insistent percussive beats of their more up-tempo numbers, the rhythms held by bodhran and bones. More subtly, there's a gentleness and pastoral sensitivity to their treatments that eludes the brusquer, more in-your-face Irish combos. All those qualities are in force on this set, the percussive thrust coming to the fore on the opening "Away We Go Again," Derek Bell's beautiful harp highlighting the wistful "Dochas (Hope)" and the Carolan tunes "John Connor and the Ode to Whiskey." Elsewhere, the pace varies between jigs, reels, and slower selections, everyone in the band getting a chance to both take the spotlight and play as part of a team effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972430225
  • Catalog Number: 724302
  • Sales rank: 13,936

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chieftains Primary Artist
Derek Bell Harmonica, Harp, Oboe, Medieval Harp, Irish Harp, Tiompan
Seán Keane Fiddle, Violin, tin whistle
Kevin Conneff 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, tin whistle
Technical Credits
Derek Bell Arranger
John Wood Engineer
Seán Keane Arranger
Kevin Conneff Contributor
Martin Fay Arranger
Victor Gamm Engineer
Paddy Moloney Arranger, Producer
Sean Potts Arranger
Michael Tubridy Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
Lawrence Cohn Reissue Producer
David McGee Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
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