The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder - St Patricio (4 stars)

The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder - St Patricio


The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney hits bulls-eye, here bringing Mexican and Irish music together in a brilliant mix of whistles, fiddles, harps, pipes and zapateo foot dancing. San Patricio tells the story of Irish conscripts who switched sides in the US-Mexican War of 1846, a springboard for the Chieftains to play classic songs with top artists from Lila Downs to Chavela Vargas, Carlos Nuñez to Linda Rondstadt as well as lesser known marvels. Ry Cooder walks the right side of sentimentality with his ballad ‘The Sands of Mexico’; while his loving cover of ‘Canción Mixtecta’ is followed by a rustic version by Los Tigres del Norte, the biggest selling Mexican artists around.

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