San Patricio (album)

San Patricio is an album by the Irish musical group, The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder, released in 2010. It was their first album with Hear Music and the first studio album in over six years since Further Down the Old Plank Road (2003). It tells the story of the San Patricio battalion—a group of mainly Irish immigrant volunteer soldiers who deserted the U.S. Army in 1846 to fight on the Mexican side in the Mexican–American War (1846–1848). The album features collaborations with Moya Brennan, Linda Ronstadt (in what remains her most recent commercial recording), Liam Neeson, Los Cenzontles, Los Tigres del Norte, Lila Downs, Van Dyke Parks, Carlos Núñez, and Chavela Vargas (among others).[1][2]

San Patricio
Studio album by
Released9 March 2010
RecordedIreland / Mexico
GenreWorld fusion
Celtic fusion
Mexican traditional
Irish traditional
LabelHear Music
ProducerPaddy Moloney, Ry Cooder
The Chieftains, Ry Cooder chronology
The Essential Chieftains
San Patricio
Voice of Ages
Ry Cooder chronology
I, Flathead
San Patricio
Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
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Track listing

  1. "La Iguana" (Traditional, arr. Paddy Moloney, L. Downs) – 3:34 (with Lila Downs)
  2. "La Golondrina" (Traditional, arr. P. Moloney, Los Folkloristas) – 3:08 (with Los Folkloristas)
  3. "A la Orilla de un Palmar" (Traditional, arr. L. Ronstadt) – 3:32 (with Linda Ronstadt)
  4. "Danza de Concheros" (Traditional, arr. P. Moloney, Los Folkloristas) – 1:29 (with Los Folkloristas)
  5. "El Chivo" (Traditional, arr. Julian Gonzalez) – 2:05 (with Los Cenzontles)
  6. "San Campio" (P. Moloney) – 2:45 (with Carlos Núñez)
  7. "The Sands of Mexico" (R. Cooder) – 4:47 (with Ry Cooder)
  8. "Sailing to Mexico" (P. Moloney) – 2:00 (with Carlos Núñez)
  9. "El Caballo" (Traditional, arr. Los Camperos de Valles, P. Moloney) – 2:40 (with Los Camperos de Valles)
  10. "March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande)" (Music: P. Moloney, lyric: Brendan Graham) – 4:10 (with Banda de Gaita de Batallón de San Patricio, Liam Neeson, Los Cenzontles, L.A. Juvenil)
  11. "Lullaby for the Dead" (Music: P. Moloney, lyric: Brendan Graham) – 4:36 (with Moya Brennan)
  12. "Luz de Luna" (Álvaro Carrillo) – 3:30 (with Chavela Vargas)
  13. "Persecución de Villa" (Samuel Margarito Lozano) – 2:55 (with Mariachi Santa Fe de Jesus (Chuy) Guzman)
  14. "Canción Mixteca (Intro)" (Jose Lopez Alavez) – 2:54 (with Ry Cooder, Van Dyke Parks)
  15. "Canción Mixteca" (Jose Lopez Alavez) – 3:14 (with Los Tigres del Norte)
  16. "Ojitos Negros" (Traditional, arr. Eugene Rodriguez) – 2:24 (with Los Cenzontles)
  17. "El Relampago" (Traditional, arr. P. Moloney, L. Downs) – 3:15 (with Lila Downs)
  18. "El Pájaro Cu" (Traditional, arr. La Negra Graciana, P. Moloney)– 2:35 (with La Negra Graciana)
  19. "Finale" (Traditional, arr. P. Moloney) – 5:46 (with Los Cenzontles, Carlos Núñez, Los Folkloristas, Banda de Gaita de Batallón de San Patricio, L.A. Juvenil)
Bonus Disc – DVD (Deluxe Edition only)
  1. "The Making of San Patricio"
  2. "La Iguana" (with Lila Downs)
  3. "Canción Mixteca" (with Los Tigres del Norte)
  4. "Luz de Luna" (with Chavela Vargas)


in alphabetical order

See also


  1. Ph.D., Jacqueline Edmondson (3 October 2013). Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-313-39348-8.
  2. Pinheiro, John C. (2 April 2014). Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War. Oxford University Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-19-994867-3.
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