Tears of Stone (album)

Tears of Stone is an album by The Chieftains, released in 1999. Each track features a different female guest artist or group, with the exception of Jim Corr of the Corrs, Jimmy and John of The Rankins and longtime Bonnie Raitt bassist James Hutchinson. Guests are listed below in parentheses.[2]

Tears of Stone
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 1999
ProducerPaddy Moloney
The Chieftains chronology
Silent Night: A Christmas in Rome
Tears of Stone
Water from the Well
Professional ratings
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Track listing

  1. "Never Give All the Heart" – 2:50 (Anúna and Brenda Fricker)
  2. "A Stór Mo Chroí" – 3:46 (Bonnie Raitt)
  3. "The Lowlands of Holland" – 3:46 (Natalie Merchant)
  4. "The Magdalene Laundries" – 4:59 (Joni Mitchell)
  5. "Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór" – 4:37 (The Rankin Family)
  6. "I Know My Love" – 3:54 (The Corrs)
  7. "Factory Girl" – 4:23 (Sinéad O'Connor)
  8. "Deserted Soldier" – 4:39 (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  9. "Ye Rambling Boys of Pleasure" – 4:33 (Loreena McKennitt)
  10. "Sake in the Jar" – 4:28 (Akiko Yano)
  11. "Raglan Road" – 6:19 (Joan Osborne)
  12. "Siúil A Rún" – 4:35 (Sissel Kyrkjebø)
  13. "The Fidding Ladies" – 10:23 (Natalie MacMaster, Eileen Ivers, Máire Breatnach, and Annbjørg Lien)
  14. "Danny Boy" – 5:28 (Diana Krall)[3]

The version released in China also included a bonus track, "Tear Lake" featuring Chinese singer Dadawa.


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Silver 60,000^
United States 320,000[5]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. Susan Cruickshank. "Tears of Stone - The Chieftains - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. Sexton, Paul (2000). "Chieftains Get Back To Their Roots". Billboard. London: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 112 (4): 17. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. McCourt, Malachy (2001). Danny Boy: The Legend Of The Beloved Irish Ballad. Running Press. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-7624-1124-5.
  4. "British album certifications – The Chieftains – Tears of Stone". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 May 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Tears of Stone in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  5. "World's greatest". Billboard. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
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