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The Chieftains

After the demise of the Dubliners, the Chieftains became the warhorses of traditional Irish music. The group formed in Dublin in 1962, when uilleann pipe player Paddy Moloney gathered a bevy of traditional players to record a one-off traditional album, The Chieftains 1. It seemed like that would be all the world would hear from the musicians, but in 1967 Moloney re-formed the group, enlisting fiddler Sean Keane, among others. Two years later they released The Chieftains 2, but it wasn't until 1975 that the band could quit their day jobs and become full-time musicians. With an ear for the eclectic, the group began to experiment with Celtic music in the diaspora, collaborating with musicians from Cape Breton, Brittany, Galicia and the American South. Harpist Derek Bell had joined in 1973, and in 1979 they added flautist Matt Molloy (of Bothy Band and Planxty fame), two additions that greatly expanded the group's musical reach. Over the years the Chieftains have become unofficial (and official) musical ambassadors for Ireland, traveling the world to perform and collaborating with giants like Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and Sinead O'Connor, among many others.

The Chieftains Concert Films

  • Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions

    The Chieftains

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 2 hr

    This historic live concert film from the Ryman features over 2 hours of music, behind-the-scenes interviews and more. Special guest stars include Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Tim O'Brien, more.
  • Live at Montreux

    The Chieftains

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

    Founded by Paddy Maloney in 1962, The Chieftains were one of the first bands to popularise Irish traditional music around the world and today their status as one of the finest Irish bands of all time remains unchallenged. They have received awards from around the world including 6 Grammys and an Emmy and worked alongside some of the greatest names in pop, classical and folk music. This superb concert from Montreux features the classic line-up in a blend of song, music and dance that draws from the Irish tradition but encompasses influences as disparate as Galicia and the Rolling Stones.

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