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The Chieftains


The Chieftains are an Irish traditional music group that formed in Dublin in 1962. They are considered one of the most influential and renowned traditional Irish music bands in the world. The founding members were Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts, and Michael Tubridy, who were later joined by Martin Fay, Seán Keane, and Kevin Conneff.

The Chieftains are known for their virtuosity and innovation in playing traditional Irish music, as well as their collaborations with musicians from various genres around the world. Their music typically features a blend of traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, fiddle, bodhrán (Irish drum), and uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), among others.

Throughout their long and illustrious career, The Chieftains have released numerous albums, won multiple Grammy Awards, and performed with a wide range of artists, including Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Sting, and many others. They have also contributed to the popularization and preservation of traditional Irish music on a global scale.

The Chieftains' music is characterized by its authenticity, energy, and reverence for Irish musical heritage, making them beloved figures both in Ireland and among fans of traditional music worldwide.