Thanks to former Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally, this week’s playlist on Celtic Songlines will include sharing a pre-release of songs from the Chieftains and their first journey to America. The Owsley Stanley Foundation, in partnership with Claddagh Records and Universal Music Ireland, is pleased to announce the ninth release from Owsley’s storied archive of live concert recordings – Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Fox Hunt — The Chieftains Live in San Francisco, 1973 & 1976. This album set will be released Sept. 2nd. These previously unreleased live concerts showcase the Irish band The Chieftains in 1973 on their first US tour, playing at the Boarding House in San Francisco on October 1 as the opener for Old and In the Way at the invitation of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.
In addition to two selections from the Chieftain’s Bear Sonic Journals, also featured on this week’s program are Connla, Beólach, Drónán, We Banjo 3, Lunása, The Drowsey Lads, Jig Jam and Tommy Makem with Liam Clancy.