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On Water from the Well, Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains return to the traditional Irish music that first made their reputations in the early 60s. Unlike most of their recordings from the 1990s there is nary a rock star, folk singer, or symphony orchestra to be found. Instead the Chieftains have chosen to play with some of Ireland's finest musicians, including Barney McKenna, Seamus Begley, Altan, and the Kilfenora Ceili Band. Here the Chieftains cover the entire spectrum of Irish traditional music, from a stately version of "Planxty George Brabazon" with the Belfast Harp Orchestra to a raucous session in flautist Matt Molloy's pub to a number of ballads sweetly sung by Kevin Conneff. The Chieftains have always performed at the highest level, but on Water from the Well the combination of familiar tunes and great musical guests seems to have inspired them to some of their best playing in years. --Michael Simmons

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listen  1. Lots Of Drops Of BrandyThe Chieftains 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Bean An Fhir Rua (The Red Haired Man's Wife)The Chieftains 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Jack Of All TradesThe Chieftains;Kevin Conneff 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Within A Mile Of Dublin/The Old BlackthornThe Chieftains;Barney McKenna 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Dusty MillerThe Chieftains 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Lovely Sweet Banks Of The MoyThe Chieftains 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. An Poc Ar Buile (The Mad Puck Goat)The Chieftains 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Dingle SetThe Chieftains 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Planxty George BrabazonThe Chieftains 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Donegal SetThe Chieftains 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The May Morning DewThe Chieftains 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Kilfenora SetThe Chieftains 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. An Buinneán Buí (The Yellow Bittern)/The County Tyrone/Newry HornpipeThe Chieftains 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ballyfin PolkasThe Chieftains 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Casadh An Tsúgáin (Twisting Of The Rope)The Chieftains;Ciarán O Gealbháin;Sean-Nós Singer 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Live From Matt Molloy's PubThe Chieftains 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. An Gaoth Aneas (The Wind From The South)The Chieftains 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00004L8AZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"The Dingle Set" is an instrumental with a fast pace that fits with the power of the previous song.
Lonnie E. Holder
This is a great CD to put in during the holiday season, because irish music sounds so darn good during this time of the year.
Hutch
A great CD that is highly recommended for anyone who loves the Chieftains and/or Irish traditional music.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2000
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Like many of the other reviewers, I have been waiting for quite awhile for the Chieftains to come out with another album that is all traditional Irish music. I first saw them in concert around 1990 and fell in love with the traditional music of my ancestors. Paddy Moloney and the guys have been groundbreaking and innovative, but I longed for them to get back to their roots. Well, this is it, and the Chieftains have never sounded better! Sixty two minutes and 58 seconds of pure traditional Irish music with a wide range of tempos and moods. Instrumentals intermingled with vocal tracks ranging from frolicking tunes to the melancholy songs of old Ireland. Kevin Conneff is in fine voice and the track that is *live* from Matt Molloy's pub will have your toes tapping! Well worth the wait!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2000
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The Chieftains have returned to traditional Irish music and I couldn't be happier. This may already be my favorite Chieftains disc. When I played it last night on the CD player in the living room, my five year old daughter jumped to her feet and started dancing energetically all about the room. If you like Irish music, this is a must-have.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2000
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The Chieftains' recent ventures into the untraditional have been a mixed bag at best, so I was pleased to note that on this CD they've returned to their roots. The selections are, in general, beautifully performed (although I think Altan sounds a little rough around the edges); their collaborators (even the unpredictable Ashley Mac Isaac) give straightforward but passionate renditions of the tunes; Kevin Conneff is in fine voice; and the CD as a whole has a nice balance between serious-and-sentimental and wild-and-crazy. This would make a terrific St. Patrick's Day present for anyone who's Irish -- or wishes they were! (We Irish don't have a superiority complex; we really ARE superior -- heh!)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2005
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Irish folk music sounds like you would expect it to sound; lots of pipes and fiddles and a distinctly Irish sound. However, just because you may think you know what Irish music sounds like because you have heard it on a sound track means little until you spin this CD.

The CD takes you right into an Irish jig with "Lots of Drops of Brandy," an enthusiastically played instrumental. Rather than fancy production in a studio, the group sounds as though it were sitting in a barn or a bar, playing for a crowd of people. This music is played as music has long been, without electronic trickery and lots of well-honed skill. The second track, "Bean An Fhir Rua," is another lovely instrumental featuring a harpsichord, a flute and Uilleann pipes, I think. This new-age sounding music may make some reconsider what they think Irish music may be.

"Jack of All Trades" is the first vocal on this CD. This short song sounds like a traditional Irish pub song. After this song is yet another instrumental, "Within a Mile of Dublin/The Old Blackthorn." This instrumental is predominantly fiddles, a banjo and flute; a spare folk tune that one might have heard at a local shop in days gone by. "The Dusty Miller" is a longer instrumental in a similar vein to the previous one, this time without the banjo. The flute intro on this selection leads to a fiddle solo followed by the Uilleann pipes. The instrumental increases in tempo and complexity after the first instruments take their turn. I like the flute in this traditional instrumental as it reminds me a lot of some of the style of Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues.

"The Lovely Sweet Banks of the Moy" is haunting, led by a flute.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hutch on December 5, 2003
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I bought LONG BLACK VEIL and assumed that this cd would have the standard fare of big shots singing with TC, but I was wrong.
And talk about a throwback in music time, the cheiftains really go hog wild on the old school irish music. Very wonderfully done. The sounds are very good and the song picks are great.
This is a great CD to put in during the holiday season, because irish music sounds so darn good during this time of the year. I hope everyone has this cd during xmas.
5 outta 5
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
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The Chieftains have long been regarded as Ireland's musical ambassadors. Since their first album in 1962 they have forged ahead more than any other Irish group, breaching the wall that had long existed between Celtic music and the rest of the world, simultaneously preserving and redefining it. But since Boil the Breakfast Early, also known as The Chieftains 9, they have diverged from their roots to pursue other Celtic traditions (such as those of Brittany in France and Galicia in Spain) and collaborations with anybody that was willing. 2000's Water from the Well, however, signaled a return to form after a decade filled with rock & rollers, symphony orchestras, and country western singers.

And what a way to end the past millennium! Water from the Well finds the Chieftains at the top of their game, and they're having a grand old time being there too. There are collaborations here as well, but not with folks like Van Morrison or Sting or Mick Jagger (excellent artists though they all are) - this time it's the Chieftains paired with some of the best traditional artists of our time. From the rollicking opener Lots of Drops of Brandy to the indescribably beautiful closer An Gaoeth Aneas (The South Wind) this album is spot on, both in instrumentation and in delivery. And the tracklist is as varied as the lineup. There is something for every fan of The Music, as it is called, here. From slow airs to blasting polkas and reels to sprightly jigs and hornpipes, from harp orchestras to live sessions at flutist Matt Molloy's pub in Westport, Co. Mayo, nothing on this CD is dragged down by distracting digression from the tradition or uninteresting arrangements. This is pure music - nothing more, nothing less. If you can listen and remain unmoved, you have no soul.
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