The Chieftains: The Bells Of Dublin

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The Bells Of Dublin
The Chieftains The Bells Of Dublin album cover.jpg
Live album by
The Chieftains
ReleasedOctober 8, 1991
RecordedWindmill Lane Studio, Dublin, Ireland
LabelRCA Victor


The twelve bells of Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin, date back to 1738, and are rung twice every Sunday and also peal on special occasions such as the inauguration of the President. As a tradition the people of Dublin City gather in Christchurch Place to hear the bells ‘ring-in’ the new year. The bells of Dublin are part of the fabric of life in Dublin, as are their 'voice' sounds and patterns, and this has been incorporated into the opening piece, and made into an underlying theme for the proceedings.

The Chieftains are joined by The Renaissance Singers Belfast, Elvis Costello, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Burgess Meredith, Marianne Faithfull, Nolwen Monjarret, The Voice Squad, Nanci Griffith, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, and the Northumbrian Pipe playing of Kathryn Tickell and the accordion of Brendan Begley on various carols and Christmas airs for this album of special memories which brings together all the colours of the festive season. During recording, engineer Brian Masterson went as far as to climb the belfry of Christchurch with microphones to capture the tone of the bells accurately! Paddy was also given a lesson on how to use the traditional hand bells, kindly ???

The entire recording was filmed and is available on video.


All songs traditional, except as indicated.

TitleWriter(s) Length
1. The Bells of Dublin / Christmas Eve (with the bell-ringers of the Christ Church Cathedral)Paddy Moloney 3:04
2. Past Three O'Clock (with The Renaissance Singers)  2:08
3. St. Stephen's Day Murders (with Elvis Costello)Elvis Costello, Paddy Moloney 3:22
4. Il Est Ne' / Ca Berger (with Kate & Anna McGarrigle)  5:10
5. Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil (with Burgess Meredith)  3:42
6. I Saw Three Ships A Sailing (with Marianne Faithfull)  2:45
7. A Breton Carol (with Nolwen Monjarret)  3:43
8. O The Holly She Bears A Berry    1:57
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen    1:23
10. The Boar's Head Carol    1:59
11. The Wexford Carol (with Nanci Griffith)  3:22
12. The Rebel Jesus (with Jackson Browne)Jackson Browne 3:45
13. Skyline Jig  Paddy Moloney 1:55
14. O Holy Night (with Rickie Lee Jones)  4:19
15. The Arrival Of The Wren Boys    1:00
16. The Dingle Set: Dance    2:27
17. The Wren In The Furze    2:15
18. Dance Duet, A: Reels    2:30
19. Brafferton Village: Walsh's Hornpipe    1:24
20. The Farewell: Piper Through the Meadow Strayed: This Is the Season To    2:07
21. Once in Royal David's City    2:27
22. Ding Dong! Merrily On High    2:12
23. O Come All Ye Faithful    3:25

Release information

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1991-10-28 CD RCA 60824
19__-__-__ CD RCA BVCF 2523 Japan


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