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The Bells of Dublin [035626082420]


  • 1. Bells of Dublin, The
    2. Past Three O'Clock - (featuring The Renaissance Singers)
    3. St. Stephen's Day Murders - (featuring Elvis Costello)
    4. Il Est N/Ca Berger, Il - (featuring Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
    5. Don Oiche Ud I mBeithil
    6. I Saw Three Ships a Sailing - (featuring Marianne Faithfull)
    7. Breton Carol, A - (featuring Monjarret Nolwen)
    8. Carols Medley: O the Holly She Bears a Berry - (featuring The Voice Squad)
    9. Carols Medley: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - (featuring The Voice Squad)
    10. Carols Medley: The Boar's Head - (featuring The Voice Squad)
    11. Wexford Carol, The - (featuring Nanci Griffith)
    12. Rebel Jesus, The - (featuring Jackson Browne)
    13. Skyline Jig
    14. O Holy Night - (featuring Suzie Katayama)
    15. Medley: The Wren! The Wren! The Arrival of the Wren Boys - (featuring Brendan Begley)
    16. Medley: The Dingle Set [Dance]
    17. Medley: The Wren in the Furze - (featuring The Voice Squad/Kevin Conneff)
    18. Medley: A Dance Duet [Reels]
    19. Medley: Brafferton Village/Walsh's Hornpipe - (featuring Kathryn Tickell)
    20. Medley: The Farewell: The Piper Through the Meadow Strayed/This Is the Season to Be Merry - (featuring The Voice Squad/Kevin Conneff)
    21. Once in Royal David's City - (featuring The Renaissance Singers)
    22. Ding Dong Merrily on High - (featuring The Renaissance Singers)
    23. O Come All Ye Faithful - (featuring David Drinkel/The Renaissance Singers)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60824

  • Credits
    ProducerPaddy Moloney
    EngineerBrian Masterson

    The Chieftains: Kevin Conneff (vocals, bodhran); Martin Fay, Sean Keane (fiddle); Derek Bell (harp, tiompan, harpsichord); Matt Molloy (flute); Paddy Moloney (Uilleann pipes, tin whistle).
    Additional personnel includes: Jackson Browne (vocals, piano); Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello, Nanci Griffith, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Marianne Faithfull, The Voice Squad (vocals); Burgess Meredith (spoken vocals); Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes).
    Principally recorded at Windmill Lane Studio, Dublin, Ireland. Includes liner notes by Paddy Moloney.
    The Chieftains: Derek Bell (harp, tiompan, harpsichord); Martin Fay, Sean Keane (fiddle); Kevin Coneff (bodhran, vocals); Matt Molloy (flute); Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes, tin whistle).
    Additional personnel: Renaissance Singers (vocals); Brendan Begley (accordion); Suzie Katayama (cello); Kathryn Tickell (northumbrian pipes); David Drinkel (organ); Burgess Meredith, Marianne Faithfull, Ricki Lee Jones, Nanci Griffith, Jackson Browne, The McGarrigles.
    Directed by Gerry Hoban.
    Personnel: Kevin Conneff (vocals, bodhran); Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord); Martin Fay, Sen Keane (fiddle); Matt Molloy (flute); Paddy Moloney (tin whistle, Uilleann pipe).
    Liner Note Author: Paddy Moloney.
    Recording information: Soundtrack Studio, Boston (05/15/1991); St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast (05/15/1991); Topanga Skyline Studio, CA (05/15/1991); Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin (05/15/1991); Soundtrack Studio, Boston (05/16/1991-05/17/1991); St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast (05/16/1991-05/17/1991); Topanga Skyline Studio, CA (05/16/1991-05/17/1991); Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin (05/16/1991-05/17/1991).
    Photographer: Dave Morley.
    Arranger: Paddy Moloney.
    The twelve bells of Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin are the inspiration for this CD. The bells are rung twice every Sunday, and on special occasions such as the inauguration of the president, or ringing in the New Year. Essentially a Christmas album, this 1991 release features performances by an extraordinary cast of guest musicians sitting in with The Chieftains.
    Highlights include "The Wren in The Furze," composed and sung by The Chieftains' own Kevin Conneff, and Elvis Costello's passionate vocal on "The St. Stephen's Day Murders." However, the most moving song on THE BELLS OF DUBLIN is Rickie Lee Jones's version of "O Holy Night." Her low, restrained singing style is entrancing, even sultry. At the song's climax, the sudden conviction of her voice is startling. All the instrumental work on this CD is top-notch, validating traditional Irish music, and making it accessible to modern ears.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (12/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...tradition a-plenty with bell ringing, carroling, storytelling (veteran actor Burgess Meredith) as well as strong contemporary material..."
    Uncut (8/02, p.100) - 3 out of 5 - "...The Chieftains are a treasure and every home should have at least one of their albums..."
    Uncut (8/02, p.100) - 3 out of 5 - "...The Chieftains are a treasure and every home should have at least one of their albums..."
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