The Chieftains – Voice of Ages

The Chieftains

The Chieftains are probably the biggest name in traditional Irish music and have stayed true to this style for over 50 years.

The Chieftains’ new album, Voice of Ages, features some fantastic guest artists such as: Bon Iver, The Civil Wars, Lisa Hannigan, Punch Brothers, The Decemberists and more. These artists lend their sweet melodies and harmonies to The Chieftains traditional Irish folk style. My wife came home from work the other day while I was listening to the album and she said, “I feel like I just walked into an Irish festival or something.” That is a great way of describing a lot of The Chieftains music.

You can listen to the entire album on The Chieftains website: http://www.thechieftains.com/

As much as I love everything from Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and Punch Brothers, my favorite guest artist on this album is Lisa Hannigan. She sings a beautifully sad Celtic song called My Lagan Love.

You may recognize Lisa Hannigan from her collaborations with Damien Rice (9 Crimes, The Blower’s Daughter, Cold Water.) She has an incredible, soft, yet strong and beautiful voice and it’s perfect for this type of music. I can imagine this song being played over a somber battle scene in slow motion; snow falling in the foreground, no sound but the music as we see warriors shout their battle cries.

Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick lennan-shee
She has my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty
For love is lord of all.

And often when the beetle’s horn
Hath lulled the eve to sleep
I steal unto her shieling lorn
And thru the dooring peep.
There on the cricket’s singing stone,
She spares the bogwood fire,
And hums in sad sweet undertone
The songs of heart’s desire

Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick lennan-shee
She has my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty
For love is lord of all.

Some of my other favorites from the album:

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