Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Chieftains at Town Hall by midatlanticcce
February 20, 2014, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Concert, New York


SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014   8:00 PM

THE TOWN HALL, 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC

Tickets: $45, $55, $65 

Available at Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, & Town Hall Box Office 


The Chieftains, the world’s best-known Irish band, return to New York on March 8th as part of an extensive 18-state US tour. Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are renowned for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, uncovering the wealth of Irish music accumulated over the centuries with their own exhilarating style.

Their program includes “The Troublemaker’s Jig,” a tribute to Nelson Mandela composed by Chieftains founder and leader Paddy Moloney; material from their recent acclaimed albums (2010’s San Patricio and 2012’s Voice of Ages); songs from throughout their 52-year history, including favorites not heard live in well over a decade, such as selections from their Grammy-winning 1995 album The Long Black Veil; andBochas or “Song of Hope” which Moloney performed at Ground Zero in New York in the weeks following 9/11.

The lineup features Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes, tin whistle), Kevin Conneff (bodhran, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Jon Pilatzke (fiddle, dance), Triona Marshall (harp, keys), Alyth McCormack (vocals, percussion), Cara Butler (dance), and Nathan Pilatzke (dance), plus two new additions to the touring ensemble: All-Ireland Champion Tara Breen (fiddle, saxophone), and Tim Edey (guitar, mandolin), 2012 BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year.

The Chieftains were formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland.  In 1975, The Chieftains began playing together full-time and marked the event with a historic performance at Royal Albert Hall in London.  In the mid-late ‘70s, Kevin Conneff and Matt Molloy joined the group.  In its long career, The Chieftains have been involved in such historic events as a tour of China (being the first Western group to perform at the Great Wall), and played with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide. They broke many musical boundaries by collaborating with some of the leading names in rock, pop and traditional music, including the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, and Pavarotti, among many others. They have been honored by being officially named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors.

In 2010, The Chieftains collaborated with Ry Cooder and many distinguished Mexican and Mexican-American artists (including Lila Downs, Los Tigres Del Norte, Los Cenzontles, and Carlos Nunez) on the acclaimed San Patricio recording. The album was named after the San Patricio Battalion, a group of Irish immigrant conscripts who deserted the US Army in 1846 to fight on the Mexican side of the Mexican-American War.  In 2012, to mark The Chieftains’ 50th anniversary, the band introduced its historic career to a new generation of fans; its album Voice of Ages featured some of contemporary music’s fastest rising artists, including Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Punch Brothers and the Pistol Annies, reinterpreting traditional songs.

Since its 2013 US tour, the band performed a tribute ceremony for Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney, who passed away in August, and recorded with the Von Trapp great grandchildren in Ireland for an upcoming project. Members Paddy Moloney, Matt Molloy, Sean Keane, Kevin Conneff and Triona Marshall were awarded honorary doctorates from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains’ love of, and loyalty to, their roots – they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining concerts at the world’s most prestigious venues.  After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains’ sound remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.

Press Quotes:

“extraordinary musicians” – New York Times

 “They seem ageless…and so does their Irish music….And if common sense tells you they can’t go on forever, you wouldn’t know it from their electrifying performance.”– Boston Globe

 “Matt Malloy…still defines the standard for Irish traditional flutists…. Singer Kevin Conneff was spellbinding” — Irish Echo

 “If you are one of the very few who hasn’t seen the Chieftains live, then you owe it to yourself to go see them…” – Irish Voice


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