Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stepping Out: The Chieftains and "Damhsa"

We've hit the Celtic trifecta. Today's song is Damhsa by The Chieftains. 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. Damhsa can be found on their 1992 live album An Irish Evening. They are accompanied by dancer Jean Butler, whose dance steps you can hear in the song.