Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Music

Good Irish music is always worth listening too---and for my part fits the mood of beautiful summer days pretty well. Today's recommendation, a classic: Chieftains 4, the brilliant 1973 album of the greatest modern Irish folk group. Paddy Maloney's pipes are in great form here, and blended perfectly with the harp work of Derek Bell, who had just joined the group. Harp fans should listen for "Morgan Magan" and "Carrickfergus," the latter being perhaps the most Irish word ever invented. But my favorite track is "The Morning Dew," in which the pipes, the tin whistle, and the fiddle playing is superbly elemental and melodic, a mark of just how cohesive were The Chieftains.

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