THE CHIEFTAINS featuring RY COODER - San Patricio (2010)
The musical souls of two nations, Ireland and Mexico, are movingly brought to life in San Patricio, the latest international collaboration by six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains - the leading practitioners of Irish traditional music for the past four decades. The album features multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Ry Cooder, another multiple-Grammy winner, who co-produced with The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney. It tells the nearly forgotten story of the brave San Patricio battalion - a downtrodden group of Irish immigrant conscripts who deserted the U.S. Army in 1846 to fight on the Mexican side against the invading Yankees in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). - amazon.com
The Chieftains have enjoyed an extraordinary career for the best part of five decades, partly because of adventurous, high-profile projects like this. They have matched their rousing Irish traditional playing with styles from across the world, recording with Spanish musicians, Chinese folk bands or country, bluegrass and rock celebrities from Alison Krauss to Van Morrison or the Rolling Stones. Now comes arguably their most original album, an Irish-Latin concept piece that involves an impressive array of Mexican musicians and a handful of Americans, including Ry Cooder, who co-produced this intriguingly varied set with the Chieftains' Paddy Moloney. It tells the story of the San Patricio (Spanish for St Patrick) Battalion of Irishmen who fled to America to escape the potato famine, were conscripted into the American army, but found themselves fighting against fellow Catholics in the Mexican-American War – and so changed sides to fight for the Mexicans. The music blends Irish uilleann pipes, whistle and fiddles with Mexican guitars, banjo and trumpets, and the cast of singers ranges from Lila Downs and Linda Ronstadt to the extraordinary, passionate 90-year-old ranchero star, Chavela Vargas. Then there's moody guitar instrumental work and a fine, sturdy ballad (in English) from Cooder. Grammy nominations are a certainty.
TRACKS: 01. La Iguana 02. La Golondrina 03. A La Orilla De Un Palmar 04. Danza De Concheros 05. El Chivo 06. San Campio 07. The Sands Of Mexico 08. Sailing To Mexico 09. El Caballo 10. March To Battle (Across The Rio Grande) 11. Lullaby For The Dead 12. Luz De Luna 13. Persecucion De Villa 14. Cancion Mixteca (Intro) 15. Cancion Mixteca 16. Ojitos Negros 17. El Relampago 18. El Pajaro Cu 19. Finale
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