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The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s ninth release of Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Foxhunt features the Chieftains performing live in San Francisco in 1973 (CD & vinyl) and 1976 (CD & digital only).

“I love them both! They contain lovely subtleties that don’t normally happen” — Paddy Moloney, August 2021, after listening to Bear’s tapes.

Celebrating 60 years of The Chieftains!

The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s ninth release of Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Foxhunt features the Chieftains performing live in San Francisco in 1973 (CD & vinyl) and 1976 (CD & digital only).

“I love them both! They contain lovely subtleties that don’t normally happen” — Paddy Moloney, August 2021, after listening to Bear’s tapes.

Pre-Sale, ships September 2, 2022.

“A masterpiece. Dad gave what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.”—John Carter Cash

After a tumultuous 1967 for Johnny Cash, the year 1968 was bookended by what would become his two iconic, highest-grossing albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin. But now, fifty-three years later, a lost chapter has emerged to enrich and complement the story of that very good year.

The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s 8th release of Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash – At the Carousel Ballroom features Cash playing songs of outsiders, outlaws, and in-laws, exquisitely captured by Bear.

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Special Edition Vinyl Box will ship in mid January.

“These are the most extensive files there are of our music from this time. There are titles here never heard before [on a release] and seldom played. It is historically important. Spirited.” - Commander Cody

The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s fifth release of Bear’s Sonic Journals finds lost treasures in the ozone with the launch of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen!

"Sociologically, you know, this all represents a big switch in the whole rock 'n' roll trip" - Jerry Garcia

Celebrating 50 years of New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Owsley Stanley Foundation’s fourth release takes you back in time to the early days when this band was just getting started.

“A legend recording a legend” – T. Michael Coleman, Bass

The Owsley Stanley Foundation is pleased to present an audiophile release of incendiary performances by the incomparable Doc and Merle Watson, from Bear’s Sonic Journals -Owsley’s storied trove of live concert recordings.

It’s not just the energy of youth that shakes me when I listen to these tracks — it’s the musical dialogue that Jack and I shared in these amazing moments. -Jorma Kaukonen

The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents its third chapter: Bear’s Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady, Veterans Memorial Building, June 28, 1969, available now on CD. This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane’s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna.

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Owlsey Stanley Foundation Presents Bear’s Sonic Journals:

The Chieftains
in San Francisco

The Boarding House, October 1, 1973

The Great American Music Hall, May 5, 1976

Celebrating 60 years of The Chieftains and the life and music of Paddy Moloney, the Owsley Stanley Foundation presents Bear’s Sonic Journals:  The Foxhunt, The Chieftains Live in San Francisco 1973 & 1976.

The 1973 recording finds The Chieftains on their first tour in the U.S., playing an unscheduled gig at Jerry Garcia’s invitation to open for his bluegrass band, Old & In The Way.  The evening presented the perfect pairing of Irish traditional music, and its cousin, American bluegrass.  Bear’s recordings of Old & In The Way cemented his reputation as a master of live concert recordings.  This is the missing half of that story — both sonically and musically — and one of the gems of Bear’s Sonic Journal archive. 

The 1976 recording (CD & Digital release only) includes a second complete concert recorded by Bear, this time at the Great American Music Hall.  If The Chieftains arrived in San Francisco as relative unknowns in ’73, they returned in ’76 as a global sensation, headlining before a sold-out crowd at a larger venue. As usual, Bear’s recording captures exactly what it was like to be in the room that night! The Bay Area audience clearly adored The Chieftains (as did Bear), and The Chieftains loved them right back. It was a performance that Paddy remembered more than 45 years later and was thrilled to rediscover.

Paddy Maloney, the founder of the Chieftains, sat for two full days of interviews with OSF for this release while listening to the entirety of Bear’s recordings of The Chieftains. In keeping with his outsized, charming personality, he warmly reminisced about these shows, his early days with The Chieftains, and his relationship to Jerry Garcia, who helped introduce the band to America. Sadly, Paddy passed away at age 83 shortly after these sessions, which turned out to be his final in-depth interviews. The extensive liner notes pay loving tribute to Paddy, while bonus tracks on the CD edition include moving audio excerpts from those last days.

Sonically, the Oct 1, 1973 Boarding House show is cut from the same cloth as Bear’s 1973 master recording of Old & In The Way at the same venue from the following week, long revered for its startlingly life-like recreation of the stage and its acoustic detail. The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s first release was a series of performances by Doc & Merle Watson, recorded by Bear at the same venue in May 1974.  Stereophile magazine described that release as “the most extraordinary Doc Watson ever captured on tape. Ever.” Taken together, this recording of The Chieftains from that same time and place completes a Boarding House trilogy which showcases Bear’s mastery of recording bluegrass and its Irish progenitor.

 
  • The vinyl release features 2 sides containing the entire performance from October 1, 1973 at the Boarding House.
  • The 2-CD set appears in a mediabook format and contains two complete concerts—nearly 2.5 hours of music — from the Boarding House on October 1, 1973 and the Great American Music Hall on May 5, 1976.
  • CD Bonus tracks include Jerry Garcia discussing the Irish roots of American bluegrass music during a radio show he did with The Chieftains in 1973, and excerpts from OSF’s extensive, in-person interview with Paddy Moloney from August 2021, sadly, his last major interview.
  • Both vinyl and CD formats feature a lavish booklet, including original cover art by Dublin native, Conor Campbell, calligraphy by Alembic’s Mica Wickersham, previously unpublished photographs, liner notes featuring new interviews with Paddy Moloney, Ricky Skaggs, and legendary soundman, Brian Masterson (of Windmill Lane studios fame), Bay Area soundman, Lee Brenkman, and others.
  • These tapes were transferred and mastered by Jeffrey Norman (Mockingbird Mastering), long-time collaborator with the Grateful Dead and Owsley Stanley, for the CD edition, and a separate analog master was created by Bear’s collaborator Paul Stubblebine for the vinyl edition.

The Chieftains

  • Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle
  • Derek Bell – Irish harp, dulcimer, timpán, oboe
  • Seán Keane – fiddle, tin whistle
  • Michael Tubridy – flute, concertina, tin whistle
  • Seán Potts – tin whistle, bones, bodhrán
  • Martin Fay – fiddle
  • Peadar Mercier – bodhrán, bones

Presale, ships September 2, 2002

Disk 1: The Boarding House, October 1, 1973
1. Drowsy Maggie
2. Band Introductions
3. Morgan Magan
4. Carrickfergus (Do Bhí Bean Uasal)
5. The Morning Dew
6. Lord Inchiquin
7. An Fhallaingín Mhuimhneach (The Munster Cloak)
8. The Foxhunt
9. Mná na hÉireann (The Women of Ireland)
10. Carolan’s Concerto
11. Kerry Slides

Great American Music Hall, May 5, 1976
12. Medley: Strike the Gay Harp/The March of the King of Laois/The Lady on the Island/The Sailor on the Rock
13. Lord Inchiquin
14. An Fhallaingín Mhuimhneach (The Munster Cloak)
15. Kerry Slides
16. Samhradh, Samhradh (Summertime, Summertime)
17. The Foxhunt
18. George Brabazon

Disk 2: Great American Music Hall, May 5, 1976
1. Medley: Seán Chuilfhionn /Clare Reel/ Róisín Dubh/John O’Connor/Golden Gate Slides/Steam Packet Selections (reels)/Pretty Girls Reel
2. Timpán Reel
3. Marbhna Luimnigh (Limerick’s Lamentation)
4. O’Keefe’s Slide/Round the House and Mind the Dresser
5. Ceol Bhriotánach (Breton Music) (4 pieces)
6. Humours of Carolan: Planxty Maguire/Charles O’Conor/Carolan’s Farewell to Music/Sí Beag, Sí Mhór (Small Fairy Mound, Big Fairy Mound)/Bumper Squire Jones/Planxty Johnston
7. Introduction to the Battle of Aughrim
8. Battle of Aughrim
9. The Morning Dew
10. Mná na hÉireann (The Women of Ireland)
11. Kerry Slides
12. Tabhair dom do Lámh (Give Me Your Hand)
13. Ríl Mhór Bhaile an Chalaidh (Great Reel of Baile an Chalaidh)

Bonus Material

14. J. Garcia On the Irish Roots of Bluegrass (KSAN, 1973)
15. P. Moloney, The Final Interview (excerpts)(Sandycove, 2021)
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