By Nicholas Jennings on Saturday, 13 March 2010
Category: Reviews

The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder San Patricio

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, the latest from Ireland’s Grammy-winning musical ambassadors is a timely, if unusual, treat. Working with guests like Linda Ronstadt, Liam Neeson and Lila Downs, Paddy Moloney and his fellow Chieftains explore the little-known story of Irish soldiers who fought and died for Mexico in the Mexican-American War, mixing music from both cultures. It’s a surprisingly sweet synthesis, as boleros and rancheras blend almost seamlessly with Irish air and reels.