The Year of the French

The Chieftains with the RTE Concert Orchestra
Thomas Flanagan’s ‘Year of the French’ is a best-selling novel portraying the insurrection of 1798. When RTE filmed it for TV, it was natural that The Chieftains provide the music. With the RTE Concert Orchestra, they evoke in music the events of that terrible year. Martial music mingles with the dance tunes of the ordinary folk, Irish music with that of the French, in a powerful synthesis of sound.

  Side One

1. Killala; The Main Theme

2. The French March

3. The McCarthy Theme

4. Treacy's Barnyard Dance

5. The Irish March; March of the Mayomen

6. Killala: The Main Theme

Side Two

1. The Irish March; March of the Mayomen

2. Cúnla song The Yearling Fair Reel

3. Killala: The Opening Theme, Killala: The Coach Ride

4. The Bolero

5. The McCarthy Theme

6. The French March

7. The Hanging

8. Killala; The Main Theme


Paddy Moloney; Uilleann Pipes & Tin Whistle

Séan Keane; Fiddle

Martin Fay; Fiddle & Bones

Derek Bell; Harp & Tiompán

Kevin Conneff; Bodhrán & Vocals

Matt Moloy; Flute

RTE Concert Orchestra

Produced by Paddy Moloney for Claddagh Records.

Co-produced and engineered by Brian Masterson.

Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, September 1982.