Sunday, November 1, 2015

Is She a Red Too?: The Chieftains and "Bean An Fhir Rua"

A nice whistle tune comes to us today from The Chieftains in the form of Bean An Fhir Rua (The Red Haired Man's Wife) from their 1999 CD Water From the Well. The Chieftains are an Irish ensemble, formed in 1962 in Dublin, who helped introduced the wider world to Irish music. They made a new and unique sound for themselves by playing their music primarily around the distinctive sound of uileann pipes. 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.