The Chieftains 4

The Chieftains 4

by The Chieftains


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This record, made on the eve of the group's breakthrough in the United States, is where the modern Chieftains sound began. It is filled with too many instances of hauntingly beautiful music to name, from the gorgeous, reflective "Morgan Magan" to the rousing fiddle reel "The Bucks of Oranmore." Not only is all of the material absolutely first rate -- and all of it holds up on repeated listening -- but this was the first of the group's albums to include harpist Derek Bell. His presence has the curious effect of softening but deepening their sound, and adding a degree of lyricism that they'd previously lacked. There are moments on this album where the group sounds as much like a chamber orchestra as a folk ensemble, and it fulfills both roles exceptionally well (as listeners to the numerous albums that have appeared since can attest). The lineup here -- Paddy Moloney (pipes, tin whistle), Sean Potts (tin whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, tin whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peader Mercier (bodhran, bones), Derek Bell (harp) -- is generally considered the peak of the group's membership and history, and lasted until the end of the decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2000
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678335129
catalogNumber: 83351
Rank: 88472

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Performance Credits

Chieftains   Primary Artist
Derek Bell   Harp
Seán Keane   Violin
Martin Fay   Fiddle,Percussion,Violin
Paddy Moloney   Pipe,Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes,tin whistle
Peadar Mercier   Bodhran
Sean Potts   Whistle (Instrument),tin whistle
Michael Tubridy   Flute,Concertina,tin whistle

Technical Credits

Paddy Moloney   Arranger,Composer,Director
Peadar Mercier   Contributor
Seán Ó Riada   Composer
Paul Tregurtha   Engineer
Edward Delaney   Cover Painting
Traditional   Composer

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