Wednesday, March 17, 2010

An Enthusiastic Plug For An Album We Have Not Actually Heard In Its Entirety

There are few holidays we hate more than St. Patrick's Day - the Reinforcin' o' the Stereotypes, as it known around here - but this year we're kinda psyched about the new project from the Chieftains and Ry Cooder: an album-length meditation on our favorite band of hopeless Irish romantics, the San Patricios, who deserted from the U.S. Army to fight for Mexico during the American invasion of 1846-48.  It seems a natural project for the Chieftains, and the presence of Ry Cooder means it's full of Mexican legends you've probably never heard of.

The disc just came out last week, so it's new enough that there aren't any videos except for this "making of" promo:

You can listen to excerpts (and order us a copy as a gift) here. (Track #9, El Caballo, is sung in the queretano huasteca style.) If you're in NYC tonight, you can catch them live - but, y'know, good luck with getting tickets.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for drawing my attention to this. It went on my wishlist immediately! En lo personal it surprisingly links two disparate eras in my life: >30 years ago I had an adolescent interest in folk music, followed Celtic music (Chieftains, among others) and saw Ry Cooder at Mariposa Folk Festival, all without an inkling that my future lay in Mexico.

Looking up the Chieftains recent oevre, I see that this isn’t their first collaboration involving Iberian and Hispanic music. Dang, another one for the wishlist.

---Margaret S.

Kyna said...

Heard a program last week on the World Cafe with David Dye on this album. Dye played a few songs and interviewed Ry Cooder and one of the members of The Chieftains. Sounded great. I'm looking forward to getting it & am looking into finding out more about San Patricio and that obscured history. Where is Howard Zinn when we need him! (RIP) Love your blog -- makes me miss Qro. -- lived there as a volunteer for six months in 1998 and still have lots of friends there... What a great town.