Very Best of Claddagh Years

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Before they signed to Columbia and became an international sensation and long before they ever recorded a concert album in China or collaborated with Tom Jones or Luciano Pavarotti, the Chieftains recorded several albums for Ireland's respected Claddagh label. The Very Best of the Claddagh Years features 12 tracks from that period, and although the material is more strictly traditional and the playing a bit more conservative than it has since become, the group's taste for intricate arrangements is already apparent. Never satisfied to simply bash straight through a set of two or three reels in unison, on tunes like "Tadhair Dom do Lamh" and "The Walls of Liscarroll," they ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Before they signed to Columbia and became an international sensation and long before they ever recorded a concert album in China or collaborated with Tom Jones or Luciano Pavarotti, the Chieftains recorded several albums for Ireland's respected Claddagh label. The Very Best of the Claddagh Years features 12 tracks from that period, and although the material is more strictly traditional and the playing a bit more conservative than it has since become, the group's taste for intricate arrangements is already apparent. Never satisfied to simply bash straight through a set of two or three reels in unison, on tunes like "Tadhair Dom do Lamh" and "The Walls of Liscarroll," they essentially take turns soloing or playing in twos and threes before finishing up in an exuberant ensemble. These were the days before Matt Molloy, so the flute playing was somewhat more restrained than it has become, and Peadar Mercier's bodhran is a bit ponderous. But for the most part the playing is exciting and expert, and the recorded sound is very good. The only complaint might be with the disc's length -- surely the band's first five albums could have yielded more than 40 minutes of worthwhile material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Label: Cladd
  • UPC: 749773006627
  • Catalog Number: 66

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chieftains Primary Artist
Derek Bell Harp, Tiompan
Seán Keane Fiddle
David Fallon Bodhran
Martin Fay Fiddle
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle
Peadar Mercier Bodhran
Sean Potts tin whistle
Michael Tubridy Flute, Concertina, tin whistle
Technical Credits
Paddy Moloney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Seán Ó Riada Composer
Dave Kavanagh Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Ruairí "Dall" Ó Catháin Composer
Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin Composer
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