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The Chieftains (feat. Ry Cooder): San Patricio (2010)

San Patricio

*****

The album tells the story of the San Patricio (Spanish for St Patrick) Battalion of Irishmen who fled to America to escape the potato famine, were conscripted into the American army, but found themselves fighting against fellow Catholics in the Mexican-American War – and so changed sides to fight for the Mexicans.

The music blends Irish uilleann pipes, whistle and fiddles with Mexican guitars, banjo and trumpets, and the cast of singers ranges from Lila Downs and Linda Ronstadt to the extraordinary, passionate 90-year-old ranchero star, Chavela Vargas.

Then there’s moody guitar instrumental work and a fine, sturdy ballad (in English) from Cooder.

*****

Track list:

01. La Iguana (w/ Lila Downs))
02. La Golondrina (w/ Los Folkloristas)
03. A la Orilla de un Palmar (w/ Linda Ronstadt)
04. Danza de Concheros (w/ Los Folkloristas)
05. El Chivo (w/ Los Cenzontles)
06. San Campio (w/ Carlos Núñez)
07. The Sands of Mexico (w/ Ry Cooder)
08. Sailing to Mexico (w/ Carlos Núñez)
09. El Caballo (w/ Los Camperos de Valles)
10. March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande) (w/ Banda de Gaita de Batallón de San Patricio, Liam Neeson, Los Cenzontles, L.A. Juvenil)
11. Lullaby for the Dead (w/ Moya Brennan)
12. Luz de Luna (w/ Chavela Vargas)
13. Persecución de Villa (w/ Mariachi Santa Fe de Jesus (Chuy) Guzman)
14. Canción Mixteca (Intro) (w/ Ry Cooder, Van Dyke Parks)
15. Canción Mixteca (w/ Los Tigres del Norte)
16. Ojitos Negros (w/ Los Cenzontles)
17. El Relampago (w/ Lila Downs)
18. El Pájaro Cu (w/ La Negra Graciana)
19. Finale (w/ Los Cenzontles, Carlos Núñez, Los Folkloristas, Banda de Gaita de Batallón de San Patricio, L.A. Juvenil)

Bonus Disc – DVD (Deluxe Edition only):

The Making of San Patricio
La Iguana (w/ Lila Downs)
Canción Mixteca (w/ Los Tigres del Norte)
Luz de Luna (w/ Chavela Vargas)

(1 front 3a)

Recorded: Dublin, Ireland; Mexico City, Mexico; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Hollywood, CA; Galicia, Spain
Released: March 9, 2010
Label: Hear Music
HRM-31321

0888072320246 (Deluxe edition)

Producer: Paddy Moloney, Ry Cooder
Recorded by: Brian Masterson (1-13,15-18), Jeffery Lesser (1,17), Martin Pradler (3,5,7,10,13-16), Rodolfo Vazquez (2,4,9,10,18), Xurxo Núñez (6,8)
Engineer: Don Hoffman
Assistant Engineers: Stephen Armstrong, Gabriel Castañón, Raúl Durrand Flores, Bart Migal, Mike Riley, Alberto J. Rodríguez

Mixed by: Brian Masterson, Paddy Moloney
Mastered by: Bernie Grundman

Liner notes: Paddy Moloney

Original Atwork: moises [artedemoises.com]
Art Direction and Package Design: Larissa Collins
Additional Art Direction: Guadalupe Jolicoeur, Steve Macklam
Design Assistance: Albert J. Roman
Research/Co-ordination: Guadalupe Jolicoeur, Mary Farquharson

San Patricio Digital Booklet (pdf 2.87MB)

Personnel:

The Chieftains are:
Paddy Moloney, – Uillean Pipes, Tin Whistle, Tin Cans
Seán Keane – Fiddle
Kevin Conneff – Bodhrán, Lilting
Matt Molloy – Flute

1/LA IGUANA – with Lila Downs (3:34)
(Trad., arr. P. Moloney-Lila Downs) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)/Cloud People Music (BMI)
Lila Downs – lead vocals;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán; Yayo Serka – cajon;
Celso Duarte – harp, vocals;
Edmar Castaneda – harp;
Robert Curto – accordion;
John Pilatzke – fiddle;
Ernesto Villa Lobos – jarana;
Samuel Torres – conga, maracas;
Carlos Henderson – bass;
Juancho Herrera – guitar, vocals;
Paul Cohen – vocals
Recorded by Jeffrey Lesser at Clinton Studios, New York, NY
Associate Engineer – Bart Migal
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

2/LA GOLONDRINA – with Los Folkloristas (3:08)
(Trad., arr. P. Moloney-Los Folkloristas) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán, lilting;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Enrique Hernandez – chontal flute;
Olga Alanis – percussion;
Gabriela Rodriguez – percussion;
Efrén Vargas – percussion;
Omar Valdez – percussion;
Adrian Nieto – percussion;
Jose Avila – percussion
Recorded by Rodolfo Vazquez at Sony Studios, Mexico City, Mexico
Assistant Engineers – Gabriel Castañon, Alberto J Rodríguez
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

3/A LA ORILLA de UN PALMAR – with Linda Ronstadt (3:32)
(Trad., arr. Linda Ronstadt) Normal Music (BMI)
Linda Ronstadt – lead vocal;
Ry Cooder – guitar;
Ersi Arvizu – vocals;
Paddy Moloney – tin whistle;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Jesus Guzman – violin;
Sergio Alonso – harp;
Rene Camacho – upright bass
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco CA
Assistant Engineer – Stephen Armstrong
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

4/DANZA de CONCHEROS – with Los Folkloristas (1:30)
(Trad., arr. P. Moloney-Los Folkloristas) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Jose Avila – huehuetl;
Olga Alanis – teponaztle;
Omar Valdez – aayacaxtles (huesos de fraile);
Gabriela Rodriguez – concha guitar;
Enrique Hernandez – concha guitar;
Efrén Vargas – mandolin;
Adrian Nieto – mandolin
Recorded by Rodolfo Vazquez at Sony Studios, Mexico City, Mexico
Assistant Engineers – Gabriel Castañon, Alberto J Rodríguez
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

5/EL CHIVO – with Los Cenzontles (2:05)
(Trad., arr. Julian Gonzalez) Los Cenzontles Music (ASCAP)
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Lucina Rodriguez – vocals and zapateado;
Fabiola Trujillo – vocals;
Marisa Bautista – zapateado;
Julian Gonzalez – violin;
Sofia Fojas – violin;
Hugo Arroyo – guitarron, tuba and quijada;
Eugene Rodriguez – vihuela
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA
Assistant Engineer – Stephen Armstrong
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

6/SAN CAMPIO – with Carlos Núñez (2:46)
(Composed: P. Moloney) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Carlos Núñez – Galician bagpipes (gaita);
Xurxo Núñez – electric guitars;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Neil Martin – cello
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Recorded by Xurxo Núñez at Quinteiro de Nerua, Galicia, Spain

7/THE SANDS OF MEXICO – with Ry Cooder (4:47)
(Composed: R. Cooder) Hi-Lo Shag Music (BMI)
Ry Cooder – vocals, guitar, timbales, piano, laud;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Rene Camacho – bass;
Juan Rodriguez – violin;
Jimmy Cuellar – violin;
Raul Cuellar – violin;
Jesus (Chuy) Guzman – violin;
Rogelio Navarrate – clarinet;
Arturo Gallardo – clarinet
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Good Neighbor Studio, Chatsworth CA and Sage and Sound Studio, Hollywood, CA
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

8/SAILING TO MEXICO – with Carlos Núñez (2:01)
(Composed: P. Moloney) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Carlos Núñez – low whistle;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Neil Martin – cello;
Niamh Ní Charra – concertina;
Pancho Álvarez – bouzouki; Xurxo Núñez – bones, drums
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Recorded by Xurxo Núñez at Quinteiro de Nerua, Galicia, Spain

9/EL CABALLO – with Los Camperos de Valles (2:41)
(Trad., arr. Los Camperos de Valles-P. Moloney) Corason Publishing/Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle; Matt Molloy – flute;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Marcos Hernández, Gregorio Solano – lead vocals;
Marcos Hernández – huapanguera guitar;
Gregorio Solano – jarana guitar;
Camilo Ramirez – violin
Recorded by Rodolfo Vazquez at Sony Studios, Mexico City, Mexico
Assistant Engineers – Gabriel Castañon, Alberto J. Rodríguez
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

10/MARCH TO BATTLE (ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE)
– with Banda de Gaita de Batallón de San Patricio, Liam Neeson, Los Cenzontles and L.A. Juvenil (4:11)
(Composed: P. Moloney, Lyric: Brendan Graham) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)/Peermusic (UK) Ltd (PRS)
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Neil Martin – cello;
Liam Neeson – narration
BANDA de GAITA de BATALLÓN:
Ernesto Góngora Acosta (Pipe Major) – pipes;
Rafael Gutiérrez (Pipe Sergeant) – pipes;
Irene Alcántara Braham – pipes;
Gianella García Hughes – pipes;
Pawel Martínez Nossek – pipes;
Alejandro Sánchez González – pipes;
Jorge López Calderón (Lead Drummer) – snare drum;
Daniel García Hughes – snare drum;
Hugo Hernandez – bass drum;
Daniela Gutiérrez – tenor drum;
Rebeca Gutiérrez – tenor drum
Liam Neeson recorded by Don Hoffman at The Audio Dept., New York, NY
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Recorded by Rodolfo Vazquez at Sony Studios, Mexico City, Mexico
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Sage and Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
Assistant Engineer – Mike Riley

11/LULLABY FOR THE DEAD – with Moya Brennan (4:37)
(Composed: P. Moloney, Lyric: Brendan Graham) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)/Peermusic (UK) Ltd (PRS)
Moya Brennan – lead vocal;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Neil Martin – cello
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

12/LUZ de LUNA – with Chavela Vargas (3:30)
(Composed: A. Carrillo) Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional, S.A. de C.V./APRS (BMI)
Chavela Vargas – lead vocal;
Juan Carlos ‘Che’ Allende – guitar;
Miguel Peña – guitar;
Tríona Marshall – harp;
Neil Martin – cello
Field Recording by Rodolfo Vázquez, Morelos, Mexico
Assistant Engineer – Raúl Durand Flores
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

13/PERSECUCIÓN de VILLA – with Mariachi Santa Fe de Jesus (Chuy) Guzman (2:56)
(Composed: S. M. Lozano) Vander America Music (BMI)
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Jon Pilatzke – fiddle;
Mariachi Santa Fe de Jesus (Chuy) Guzman – lead vocal;
Javier Rodriguez – trumpet;
Ubaldo Hernandez – trumpet;
Juan Jimenez – guitarron;
German Lopez – vihuela;
Sergio Alonso – harp;
Juan Rodriguez – violin;
Jimmy Cuellar – violin;
Raúl Cuellar – violin;
Jesus Guzman – violin
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Sage and Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
Assistant Engineer – Mike Riley
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

14/CANCIÓN MIXTECA (INTRO) – with Ry Cooder (2:55)
(José López Alavéz) Edward B. Marks Music Co. (BMI)
Ry Cooder – guitar;
Van Dyke Parks – piano, accordion
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Sage and Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
Assistant Engineer – Mike Riley

15/CANCIÓN MIXTECA – with Los Tigres Del Norte (3:14)
(José López Alavéz) Edward B Marks Music Co. (BMI)
Jorge Hernández – lead vocal, accordion;
Hernán Hernández – electric bass, vocals;
Eduardo Hernández – electric bass, acoustic bass, vocals;
Luis Hernández – accordion, bajo sexto, vocals;
Oscar Lara – drums;
Ry Cooder – guitar;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Sage and Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
Assistant Engineer – Mike Riley
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

16/OJITOS NEGROS – with Los Cenzontles (2:25)
(Trad., arr. Eugene Rodriguez) Los Cenzontles Music (ASCAP)
Hugo Arroyo – lead vocal;
Marisa Bautista – lead vocal;
Fabiola Trujillo – lead vocal;
Paddy Moloney – pipe drones
Recorded by Martin Pradler at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA
Assistant Engineer – Stephen Armstrong
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

17/EL RELAMPAGO – with Lila Downs (3:16)
(Trad., arr. P. Moloney-Lila Downs) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)/Cloud People Music (BMI)
Lila Downs – vocals, step dancing;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Carlos Núñez – Galician bagpipes (gaita);
Jon Pilatzke – fiddle, step dancing;
Celso Duarte – fiddle, vocals;
Juancho Herrera – guitar, vocals;
Edmar Castaneda – cuatro;
Yayo Serka – el bombo;
Ernesto Villa Lobos – fiddle;
Samuel Torres – cajon;
Robert Curto – accordion;
Carlos Henderson – bass;
Paul Cohen – vocals;
Cara Butler – Irish step dancing
Recorded by Jeffrey Lesser at Clinton Studios, New York, NY
Associate Engineer – Bart Migal
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

18/EL PÁJARO CU – with La Negra Graciana (2:36)
(Trad., arr. La Negra Graciana-P. Moloney) Corason Publishing/Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Graciana Silva – lead vocal, harp;
Felipe Ochoa – requinto guitar, vocal;
Marco Ochoa – jarana guitar, vocal;
Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle;
Seán Keane – fiddle;
Matt Molloy – flute;
Kevin Conneff – bodhrán;
Tríona Marshall – harp
Recorded by Rodolfo Vazquez at Sony Studios, Mexico City, Mexico
Assistant Engineers – Gabriel Castañon, Alberto J Rodríguez
Recorded by Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland

19/FINALE – with Los Cenzontles, Carlos Núñez,
Los Folkloristas, Banda de Gaita de Batallón de San Patricio, L.A. Juvenil (5:47)
(Trad., arr. P. Moloney) Chrysalis Songs (BMI)

*****

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