Long Journey Home


Label:
Unisphere Records (BMG), 1998 | 09026-68963-2
Produced by Paddy Moloney

The Musicians:

Mary Black
Derek Bell
The Chieftains
Kevin Conneff
Elvis Costello
Vince Gill
Eileen Ivers
Joanie Madden
Van Morrison
Sinéad O'Connor
Liam Ó Maonlaí
Jerry O'Sullivan
Sissel
John Whelan
Irish Film Orchestra

The Tracks:

1. Shenandoah
Van Morrison and The Chieftains
3:52
2. Main Theme
The Irish Film Orchestra
4:25
3. Paddy's Lamentation / Ships are Sailing
Mary Black
4:47
4. Emigration Theme
The Irish Film Orchestra
5:08
5. The Bard of Armagh / The Streets of Laredo
Vince Gill
5:03
6.Skibbereen
Sinéad O'Connor
4:15
7.The Night That Larry Was Stretched - Jig
The Chieftains and Friends
2:27
8.White Potatoes
Liam Ó Maonlaí
3:31
9.Famine Theme
The Irish Film Orchestra
3:37
10.Muldoon, The Solid Man / Grandfather's Tune
Mick Moloney
3:42
11.An Raibh Tú Ag an gCarraig? (Were You at the Rock?)
Sissel
5:30
12.O'Carolan's Farewell To Music
The Irish Film Orchestra with Derek Bell
2:30
13.Bean Pháidín
Kevin Conneff
1:44
14.O'Donnell's Lament / Reel with the Beryle
Eileen Ivers
2:45
15.American Theme
The Irish Film Orchestra
2:57
16.Long Journey Home (anthem)
Elvis Costello with Anúna
4:16

The soundtrack for the PBS series from the Lennon Documentary group and Walt Disney Studios, Irish In America: Long Journey Home, features The Chieftains with orchestra and working with a number of the artists to paint a musical tapestry of the Irish in America, from pre-famine to present-day. Two of the tracks were either composed by Paddy Moloney or in collaboration with Brian Keane. The music reflects Ireland in the pre-famine days and its long journey to find their niche in the American fabric. The wonderful music on this soundtrack earned Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains a grammy in the Best Traditional Folk Album category in 1999.

The series has a companion book: Irish In America edited by Michael Coffey with text by Terry Golway and contributions from a number of Irish-American writers and performers. The miniseries also recieved an Emmy award for editing in the News and Documentary category in 1999. The series is also available from Buena Vista Home Entertainment as a 4-volume set.

Read a review of this album by Sarah Adams.


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