Chief­tains go­ing strong at 50

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Inside -

The leg­endary Chief­tains were pre­sented with the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Con­cert Hall Life­time Achieve­ment award at a re­cent gala event hosted by the Amer­i­can Ire­land Fund in Philadel­phia.

Formed by Paddy Moloney in 1962, the Chief­tains marked their 50th an­niver­sary last month by re­leas­ing their lat­est stu­dio al­bum Voice of Ages, which fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tions with con­tem­po­rary in­die and al­ter­na­tive acts in­clud­ing Bon Iver, Imelda May, The Low An­them and The De­cem­berists. (see CD Choice, p14) “For any group of mu­si­cians to stay to­gether for 50 years is an amaz­ing achieve­ment – to per­form at the level of The Chief­tains for that time is un­par­al­leled in Ir­ish mu­si­cal his­tory,” said Si­mon Tay­lor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Na­tional Con­cert Hall.

The Chief­tains are on a US tour that will cul­mi­nate in a gig at Carnegie Hall on St Pa­trick’s Day.

Paddy Moloney: 50 years

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