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The Decemberists Collaborate with the Chieftains

By Aaron Scott February 3, 2012

The Decemberists kick up their heels for a frolicking collaboration with Irish folk legends the Chieftains on Bob Dylan’s “When The Ship Comes In.” The cover appears on Voice of Ages, an album celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chieftains, alongside team-ups with artists like Bon Iver, Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Punch Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Low Anthem.

“It’s not often you are called to collaborate with one of the world’s foremost innovators and influencers in folk music, or any music for that matter,” Colin Meloy told Rolling Stone. “I mean, the Chieftains have almost single-handedly defined Irish traditional music for the last 50 years.”

Visit Rolling Stone to hear the song, or watch Chieftains bandleader Paddy Moloney give the Decemberists and Portland some love (along with some of the other bands) in the video below:

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