The Chieftains is coming!

Pip Pip! The Vinyl Countdown has been down for sometime, but it is not out! Today, we start back up again with The Chieftains. Six albums worth. (gulp) The perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of Spring.

Perhaps you don’t know The Chieftains by name, but you have heard them. If a a backup Irish folk band was ever needed by someone, they were undoubtedly the ones called upon. They’ve played with Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Luciano Pavorotti, Ricky Skaggs, the Rolling Stones. The list goes on and on, really, but they have nabbed six Grammies of their own and have been playing flute-tin whistle-fiddle since 1962. I think I probably first took note of them when there was that brief wave of Irish music that lapped up onto our shores in the mid/late 90s – Enya, The Corrs, Sinead O’Connor, Loreena McKennitt (Canadian, not Irish), The Cranberries.

Earl Scruggs and the Chieftans

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