Sunday, May 24, 2015

At the Dawning of the Day: The Chieftains with Joan Osborne and "Raglan Road"

Raglan Road, by The Chieftains with Joan Osborne, is the random tune of the day. The Chieftains are an Irish ensemble who introduced the wider world to Irish music. The Chieftains were formed in Dublin in 1962 and played their music primarily around the distinctive sound of uileann pipes. They took their name from the title of a novel by Irish author John Montague. Besides releasing several critically acclaimed albums, they are just as well known for their collaborations with such artists as Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor and Roger Daltry. They have released 44 albums. Joan Osborne is a multi-genre American singer and songwriter known for her 90s hit One of Us. However, her repertoire includes pop, soul, R&B, blues and country. She is currently a member of the rock band Trigger Hippy. Raglan Road can be found on the 1999 album Tears of Stone, and on the 2001 compilation KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 9. The poignant lyrics are of a love lost.