Saturday, June 25, 2016

Grave Secrets: The Chieftains and Mick Jagger with "Long Black Veil"

The Chieftains bring us today's random tune, with a little help from The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger. 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. Mick Jagger, of course, is a singer, songwriter and actor and the lead singer for The Rolling Stones. You can find this song, Long Black Veil, on The Chieftains 1995 album of the same name. The song, written in 1959 by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, relates a saga where a man is falsely accused of murder and will be convicted because he refuses to provide an alibi - on the night in question he was having an affair with his best friend's wife and will go to the grave rather than betray her.