The Chieftains have been active for fifty (!) years. That's what they have in common with the other big Irish folk band, the Dubliners. While the latter, however, remain true to Pubseligen Folk, the men around Paddy Moloney, who whistles the bagpipes, have always rendered outstanding services to global cultural exchange. Legendary collaborations with artists like Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder or Marianne Faithfull ("The Long Black Veil" 1995). So "Voice Of Ages" can't break any musical boundaries anymore. This Anniversary album features some of their younger comrades like Bon Iver, Imelda May and the grandiose The Decemberists (Bob Dylan cover "When The Ship Comes In"), who brought producer T Bone Burnett on board to celebrate Americana, Rockabilly and of course Celtic Folk. As a delicacy there is an exuberant reunion with the old founding members Michael Tubridy and Sean Potts ("Chieftains Reunion"). When the Chieftains take off into space with astronaut Cady Coleman (Tin Whistle) in "The Chieftains In Orbit", the universal cultural ambassadors are also relieved of that.
Top track: When The Ship Comes In