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Tears Of Stone

The Chieftains

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This album is a follow-up to the 1995 album The Long Black Veil. The idea is the same: the Chieftains play house band for many guest vocalists and musicians. The difference this time around is that all the musicians and vocalists featured are women. Sinéad O'Connor is the one return performance, and she justifies that honor with her sorrowful and beautiful rendition of the traditional song "Factory Girl." The roster of guests is diverse, and it is a credit to the musical ability of the Chieftains to keep a common thread going and blend their arrangements with all the different voices. Bonnie Raitt sounds just as much an Irish folk singer on her track "A Stor Mo Chrio" as Loreena McKennitt does on her version of "Ye Rambling Boys of Pleasure." The trick is that Paddy Maloney's arrangements highlight the unique talents of each guest. Most of the songs are traditional Irish tunes with new arrangements, the exceptions being the haunting "The Magdalene Laundries" written and sung by Joni Mitchell and strange but somehow fitting "Sake in the Jar" written and sung by Akiko Yano. The song features Japanese percussion instruments and should stick out among the distinctly Celtic contributions here, but it blends right in. Paddy Maloney states in the liner notes that the point of the project was to "marry the many-faceted voices of contemporary women artists from around the world with the simple beauty of traditional Irish music." It is a job well done.

© Susan Cruickshank /TiVo

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1
Never Give all the Heart
The Chieftains
00:02:48

Brenda Fricker, Vocal - W.B. Yeats, Lyricist - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - Arúna, Performer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Patrick Fitzpatrick, Keyboards - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Composer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Jonathan Ford, 2nd Engineer - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

2
A Stór Mo Chroí
The Chieftains
00:03:46

Seán Keane, Fiddle - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Bonnie Raitt, Guitar - Bonnie Raitt, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Hutch Hutchinson, Bass - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Jonathan Ford, 2nd Engineer - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

3
The Lowlands of Holland
The Chieftains
00:03:46

Natalie Merchant, Vocal - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Mairtín O'Connor, Acordeon - Erik Della Penna, Guitar - Wayne Wilkins, 2nd Engineer - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P)1999, BMG Music

4
The Magdalene Laundries
The Chieftains
00:04:58

The Screaming Orphans, Background Vocal - Jeffrey Lesser, Recording Engineer - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Recording Engineer - Mike Stotella, 2nd Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Joni Mitchell, Vocal - Joni Mitchell, Guitar - Joni Mitchell, Composer - Joni Mitchell, Lyricist - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

5
Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór
The Chieftains
00:04:37

Kevin Conneff, Percussion - Cookie Rankin, Vocal - Jimmy Rankin, Guitar - Heather Rankin, Vocal - John Morris Rankin, Piano - The Chieftains, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Jonathan Ford, 2nd Engineer - Raylene Rankin, Vocal - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Matt Molloy, Flute - Martin Fay, Fiddle - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Arty McGlynn, Guitar - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1999 BMG Music

6
I Know My Love
The Chieftains
00:03:52

Cuco Castellanos, Percussion - Kevin Conneff, Percussion - Sharon Corr, Vocal - Sharon Corr, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Caroline Corr, Vocal - Caroline Corr, Percussion - James Blenner-Hassett, Bass - Jim Corr, Guitar - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Jonathan Ford, 2nd Engineer - The Corrs, Performer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Matt Molloy, Flute - Martin Fay, Fiddle - Brian Masterson, Recording Engineer - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Noel Bridgeman, Percussion - Andrea Corr, Vocal - Andrea Corr, Percussion - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1999 BMG Music

7
Factory Girl
Various Interprets
00:04:22

Alex Marcou, 2nd Engineer - Jeffrey Lesser, Engineer - Seán Keane, Fiddle - The Chieftains with Sinead O'Connor, Performer - Sinéad O'Connor, Vocal - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Patrick Fitzpatrick, Keyboards - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

8
Deserted Soldier
The Chieftains
00:04:37

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vocal - Mike Griffith, 2nd Engineer - Jeffrey Lesser, Engineer - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Malachy Robinson, Bass - Matt Rollings, Piano - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

9
Ye Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
The Chieftains
00:04:33

Seán Keane, Fiddle - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Loreena McKennitt, Harp - Loreena McKennitt, Vocal - Una Ni Chanainn, Acoustic Cello - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Patrick Fitzpatrick, Keyboards - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Jonathan Ford, 2nd Engineer - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

10
Sake In The Jar
Derek Bell
00:04:28

Akiko Yano, Lyricist - Akiko Yano, Vocal - Akiko Yano, Piano - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Takahiro Nochimura, Engineer - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Satomi Yamaguchi, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - Chito Kawachi, Percussion - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Composer - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Jonathan Ford, 2nd Engineer - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

11
Raglan Road
The Chieftains
00:06:17

William Wittman, Engineer - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - The Chieftains, Performer - Traditional, Composer - P. Kavanagh, Lyricist - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Rob Hyman, Keyboards - Joan Osborne, Vocal - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P) 1999 BMG Music

12
Siúil A Run
Sissel
00:04:35

William Wittman, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - William Wittman, Engineer - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer - George Fullan, 2nd Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Sissel, Vocal - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Fay, Fiddle - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Patrick Fitzpatrick, Keyboards - Matt Molloy, Flute - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Rob Hyman, Keyboards - Kevin Conneff, Percussion

(P)1999 BMG Music

13
The Fiddling Ladies
Derek Bell
00:10:22

Kevin Conneff, Percussion - Zan McLeod, Guitar - Natalie MacMaster, Fiddle - Natalie MacMaster, Dancer - Traditional, Lyricist - Jeff Frez-Albrecht, 2nd Engineer - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Jonathan Ford, 2nd Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Composer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Matt Molloy, Flute - Martin Fay, Fiddle - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Eileen Ivers, Fiddle - Tracy Dares, Piano - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, 2nd Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - KweYao Agyapon, Percussion - Arty McGlynn, Guitar - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Brian Keane, Engineer - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Annbjorg Lien, Fiddle - Maire Breatnach, Fiddle

(P)1999, BMG Music

14
Danny Boy
The Chieftains
00:05:27

Jeffrey Lesser, Engineer - Kevin Conneff, Percussion - Diana Krall, Vocal - Cat Neri, 2nd Engineer - The Chieftains, Performer - Bishop Nathaniel Townsley, Jr., & Gospel Jubilee, Performer - David Cannon, 2nd Engineer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Seán Keane, Fiddle - Russell Malone, Guitar - Paddy Moloney, Mixing Engineer - Paddy Moloney, Producer - Paddy Moloney, Arranger - Paddy Moloney, Percussion - Paddy Moloney, Woodwinds - Matt Molloy, Flute - Martin Fay, Fiddle - Brian Masterson, Mixing Engineer - Brian Masterson, Engineer - Ciarán Cahill, Mixing Engineer - Derek Bell, Harp - Derek Bell, Percussion - Derek Bell, Keyboards - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Malachy Robinson, Bass - Richard McCullough, Mixing Engineer - Richard McCullough, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1999 BMG Music

Album review

This album is a follow-up to the 1995 album The Long Black Veil. The idea is the same: the Chieftains play house band for many guest vocalists and musicians. The difference this time around is that all the musicians and vocalists featured are women. Sinéad O'Connor is the one return performance, and she justifies that honor with her sorrowful and beautiful rendition of the traditional song "Factory Girl." The roster of guests is diverse, and it is a credit to the musical ability of the Chieftains to keep a common thread going and blend their arrangements with all the different voices. Bonnie Raitt sounds just as much an Irish folk singer on her track "A Stor Mo Chrio" as Loreena McKennitt does on her version of "Ye Rambling Boys of Pleasure." The trick is that Paddy Maloney's arrangements highlight the unique talents of each guest. Most of the songs are traditional Irish tunes with new arrangements, the exceptions being the haunting "The Magdalene Laundries" written and sung by Joni Mitchell and strange but somehow fitting "Sake in the Jar" written and sung by Akiko Yano. The song features Japanese percussion instruments and should stick out among the distinctly Celtic contributions here, but it blends right in. Paddy Maloney states in the liner notes that the point of the project was to "marry the many-faceted voices of contemporary women artists from around the world with the simple beauty of traditional Irish music." It is a job well done.

© Susan Cruickshank /TiVo

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