SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—FEBRUARY 28, 2018—“55 years, wow, where have they gone, as we’re still going strong?” asks Paddy Moloney, leader of six-time Grammy Award® winners, The Chieftains. The group has been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale. The Chieftains were formed in Ireland in 1962, by Moloney, one of the top traditional folk musicians in Ireland and around the world. The band’s ability to transcend musical boundaries, and to blend tradition with modern music has found it notably hailed, to this day, as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups.
The Chieftains return to Proctors, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Tickets, $20–$50, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
After more than 55 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains’ sound remains as fresh and relevant as when it first began. So, now, The Chieftains embark on a 55th Anniversary Tour, making its way across the United States to the east coast with a final show on St. Patrick’s Day in Jacksonville, Fla.
Paddy Moloney says, “This tour will have all the musical force of what we’ve accumulated and achieved over the last 55 years, with a few extra gems thrown in for good measure.”
As cultural ambassadors, the Chieftains’ performances have been linked with seminal historic events, such as being the first Western musicians to perform on the Great Wall of China; participating in Roger Water’s The Wall performance in Berlin in 1990; and being the first ensemble to perform a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. In 2010, the band’s experimental collaborations extended out of this world, when Moloney’s whistle and Matt Molloy’s flute travelled with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman to the international space station.
Although its early following was purely a folk audience, the range and variation of the music and accompanying musicians quickly captured a much broader audience, elevating its status to the likeness of fellow Irish band, U2. The Chieftains are never afraid to shock purists and push genre boundaries, and the trappings of fame have not altered the musicians’ love of, and loyalty to, their roots. The combo is still as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as it is headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Paddy finishes, saying, “With this tour of music, song and dance, we also have a few surprises … our guests are the cream of the crop, joining in for a great party.”
Performers: Paddy Moloney—uilleann pipes/tin whistle, Matt Molloy—flute, Kevin Conneff —bodhran/vocals, Jon Pilatzke—fiddle/dance, Triona Marshall—harp/keys, Alyth McCormack—vocals/percussion, Tara Breen—fiddle/saxophone, Tim Edey—guitar, Cara Butler—dance, Nathan Pilatzke—dance, Jon Pilatzke—dance.