Sunday, February 5, 2017

Take In the Beautiful Air: The Chieftains with Sinead O'Connor and "He Moved Through the Fair"

Whatever you may think about Sinead O'Connor - she has a set of pipes. This beautiful song, title changed from the feminine to the masculine, is called He Moved Through the Fair. It is performed by O'Connor with The Chieftains. Sinead O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in 1990 on the strength of her rendition of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U. She has been known as much for her controversial statements, gestures, and opinions as she is known for the strength of her music. O'Connor began her career as lead singer for the band Ton Ton Macoute, which was inspired by world music but which thrived on O'Connor's stage presence and singing. She was soon signed to a recording contract, and put out her first album, The Lion and the Cobra, in 1987. It reached gold record status and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She has since released nine more albums, the latest in 2014. The Chieftains are an Irish ensemble formed in Dublin in 1962 who developed their music primarily around the distinctive sound of the 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, including Sinead O'Connor, such artists as Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Roger Daltry. They have released 44 albums. He Moved Through the Fair can be found on The Chieftains' 1995 album The Long Black Veil, and is an air of some antiquity found in many versions throughout Ireland and Scotland. It has been recorded many times by a wide variety of artists such as Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Alan Stivell, Art Garfunkel, Mary Black and Josh Groban - a solo O'Connor version can be found on the soundtrack to the movie Michael Collins.