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Chieftains 1
     

The Chieftains 1

by The Chieftains
 

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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

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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."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678332425
catalogNumber:
83324

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Sean MacReamoinn   Contributor
Edward Delaney   Cover Design
Morgan O'Sullivan   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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