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About The Chieftains

Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains, are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.

Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, in their 50 years together The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied CV. They have been involved in such historic events as a tour of China (the first Western group to perform on the Great Wall), Roger Waters' The Wall performance in Berlin in 1990, became the first group to give a concert in the Capitol Building of Washington DC, (at the invitation of former Speaker, Thomas "Tip" O' Neill), Paddy Moloney performed a memorial service in New York for the victims of September 11 2001, and more recently, Paddy's whistle and Matt Molloy's flute travelled to outer space with a NASA astronaut. The Chieftains have performed with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide, and have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.

On top of their six Grammy awards, they have been honored in their own country by being officially named Ireland's Musical Ambassadors, performed during the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of a 135,000,000 strong audience, and were the subject of a tribute Late Late Show in 1987, their 25th anniversary.