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Water From the Well
     

Water From the Well

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by The Chieftains
 

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Though Paddy Moloney modestly describes the Chieftains' latest as "nothing fancy," Ireland's most famous (and successful) traditional band has never been just a gang of good-time folkies. For nearly three decades, the Chieftains have performed traditional music as a chamber ensemble. Sure they can kick up the dust like any good pub band, but on WATER FROM THE WELL

Overview

Though Paddy Moloney modestly describes the Chieftains' latest as "nothing fancy," Ireland's most famous (and successful) traditional band has never been just a gang of good-time folkies. For nearly three decades, the Chieftains have performed traditional music as a chamber ensemble. Sure they can kick up the dust like any good pub band, but on WATER FROM THE WELL they also delve into the beautiful, spiritual side of Irish music with both precision and grace. The concept behind the new album is a tour of the traditional music from various counties in Ireland. Along the way, piper Moloney and longtime cohorts Sean Keane (fiddle), Kevin Cunniffe (bodhran), Martin Fay (fiddle), Derek Bell (harp), and Matt Molloy (flute) are joined by some old friends, including Altan's Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. There's a sense of family and homecoming in this collection of jigs, reels, and traditional sean nos singing. In recent years, the Chieftains have moved far afield from Ireland itself to dip their toes in other Celtic-related musics. They might not have the rock-influenced spirit of the neo-trad bands that followed them, but they make music that appeals to the gentler facets of the human heart. WATER FROM THE WELL may not be the multi-culti, groundbreaking Chieftains we've come to know over the last few albums, but this set of Chieftains' music sounds as lovely as ever. Home sweet home, indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since 1988's Irish Heartbeat, the Chieftains relied on guest artists on their own albums, ranging from Celtic peers to pop, rock, and country superstars, since the cameos virtually guaranteed that each new album would be treated as an event. That's also the case with 2000's Water from the Well, a traditional Irish folk/Celtic album filled with guest spots by traditional Celtic musicians. That might not seem like an anomaly from a band that had a great deal to do with the popularization of Celtic music in the last 25 years of the 20th century, but it had been a while since the bandmembers devoted themselves to the music so completely as they do here. Does it work? Yes. This is a rare incident where a preponderance of guests -- and there are over 20 cameos here -- doesn't result in a sluggish, carefully considered record. Not only do the Chieftains have a great time embracing traditional dances and ballads, but their guests invigorate them, resulting in a very strong listen. It's the kind of record that only a seasoned band could make; it might not be groundbreaking or definitive, but it is an accomplished yet enthusiastic set of songs where the joy is in the little details.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0090266363728
catalogNumber:
5003125
Rank:
89266

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chieftains   Primary Artist
Derek Bell   Piano,Harp,Harpsichord,Tiompan
Frankie Laine   Vocals
Seán Keane   Fiddle
Tommy Peoples   Fiddle
Daíthí Sproule   Guitar
Dermot Byrne   Accordion
Kevin Conneff   Vocals,Bodhran
Ciarán Curran   Bouzouki
Martin Fay   Fiddle
Paddy Moloney   Accordion,uillean pipes,tin whistle
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Fiddle
James Murphy   Fiddle
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle
Matt Malloy   Flute
Seamus Begley   Vocals
Mike Kelleher   Fiddle
Barney McKenna   Banjo
Laoise Kelly   Harp
Gary Hastings   Flute
Peter Horan   Flute
John McHugh   Fiddle
Laurence Courtney   Banjo,Vocals
Daithí O Sé   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paddy Moloney   Producer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
James OMara   Art Direction
Kate Ryan   Art Direction
Megan Barnes   Assistant Art Director

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