How It’s New York: The Chieftains often play NYC on St. Patrick’s Day, and they have a large NY connection. Paddy Moloney’s daughter Aedin Moloney runs the NY theatre company Fallen Angels (read our review of Eva the Chaste here).
How It’s Irish: The Chieftains, as I write below, are the one Irish trad band people who don’t know anything about Irish music have heard of! And good reason: this is their 50th anniversary, so even if you haven’t been paying attention, they have crossed your radar sometime. On their new album Voice of Ages they perform with many indy and roots performers, as well as younger Irish performers Lisa Hannigan and Imelda May.
A version of this article first appeared in Irish Examiner USA.
You can hear Paddy Moloney, and some music from the new CD, on the March 16 podcast.
“It’s All Their Fault!”
“She can do Mouth Music, or lilting. When I heard her lilting I said, they must be having me on, this girl must be from Connemara or County Clare!”
“When the Ship Comes In,” and it sounds exactly like a trad song here.
“Tommy and the Clancys used to have Dylan guest with them, and he returned the favor when he did a concert in Madison Square Garden. I composed that reel that goes in the middle of it. I didn’t put a name on it. You get inspired and once you get going and the adrenaline and everything is happening and the buzz… maybe over a glass of wine at night you get a napkin and start to write out the tune. I have quite a few napkins associated with this album.”
When he asked her if she knew any tunes she brought out a list. “She’s gone tall now,” Paddy chuckles.