The Chieftains

The Chieftains

The Chieftains

featuring Paddy Moloney
and special guests

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm
at Davies Symphony Hall

The Chieftains

The Chieftains

The Chieftains didn’t single handedly catapult traditional Irish music onto the international scene, but the iconic band has certainly been the most visible and influential force spreading Celtic culture around the world. Still led by uilleann pipe master Paddy Moloney, the quartet is celebrating 50 years of the soaring melodies and stomping rhythms that define this global phenomenon. With six Grammy Awards, 18 nominations and more than three dozen albums to the band’s credit, the Chieftains have performed and recorded with a confounding array of artists including Luciano Pavarotti, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Natalie Merchant, Willie Nelson, Sting, Rosanne Cash, Ziggy Marley, Lyle Lovett and Madonna. The group’s new release, Voice of Ages, was produced by music legend T Bone Burnett and features collaborations with a stellar lineup of indie rock artists including The Decemberists, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Low Anthem and Punch Brothers. For this special evening, the Celtic music giants are joined by traditional Irish stepdancing masters Jon Pilatzke, Nathan Pilatzke and Cara Butler as well as renowned Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack and acclaimed Mexican folk ensemble Los Cenzontles. Join the Chieftains for their golden anniversary — it will surely be one to remember.

Artist Personnel

Paddy Moloney
    tin whistle, uilleann pipes
Matt Molloy flute
Jeff White vocals, guitar
Kevin Conneff vocals, bodhrán


SPECIAL GUESTS
Alyth McCormack vocals
Triona Marshall harp
Deanie Richardson fiddle
Jon Pilatzke fiddle, stepdance
Nathan Pilatzke stepdance
Cara Butler stepdance
Los Cenzontles
  Fabiola Trujillo vocals
  Lucina Rodriguez vocals
  Hugo Arroyo vocals
  Eugene Rodriguez guitar
  Emiliano Rodriguez bass, accordion

Artist Website

"The Chieftains bring history alive with their characteristic exuberance and grace. " — Associated Press
"Over the years, the band has transcended its role as musical ambassadors, becoming an institution in its own right. " — NPR