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
Runtime: 2 hrThis 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
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minFounded 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.
The Chieftains Top Tracks
Courage and Patience and Grit
Great Big Sea
Runtime: 1 hrSince they emerged in the early 90s, Newfoundland's own Great Big Sea have gradually consolidated a reputation as one of the greatest neo-Celt bands, from anywhere in the Six Nations or, as in this case, beyond. Drawing upon their homeland's strong Irish and Scottish ancestry and centuries-old seafaring heritage, they have fashioned a roistering, danceable sound and a live presence not unlike a bar-band but operating on a massive scale. But for all their good-time, party-hearty extroversion, they also demonstrate a rare affinity for love songs and more introspective types of material. Recorded in spectacular sound before adoring audiences, this "kitchen party," as one band member described it, is at once intimate and grand, folkloric and modern, acoustic and electric. Traditional instruments like fiddle, tin whistle, accordion are fused seamlessly with electric guitars and trap drums, plus tight and charismatic lead and harmony vocals, creating a spiraling energy that takes the crowd by storm and hurtles from living room speakers like a conquering wave.
Live in Dublin
The High Kings
Runtime: 1 hr 7 minThe outstanding 4-part vocal harmonies of this Irish ballad group directed by David Downes are backed up by a band of world-class musicians including Martin O'Connor, Nollaig Casey, Dave Keery, Paul Moore, Ewan Cowley, and "Bongo Bob" Harris who performs
Destiny Live in Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minThe Destiny Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women - three glorious vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist accompanied by full band, bagpipers, and Irish dancers whose exceptional talent and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.