Escondido CA— The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is proud to present traditional Irish band The Chieftains on Thursday, February 25, 2016 in the Concert Hall. Hailed as one of today’s most renowned musical ensembles, The Chieftains transcend musical boundaries by blending tradition with modern music. After more than 50 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains remain as fresh and relevant as when they first began. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.
The Chieftains were formed in Ireland in 1962 by bandleader and master of the uilleann pipes and tin whistle Paddy Moloney, who is highly regarded as one of the top traditional folk musicians in Ireland and around the world. The Chieftains’ other members include Matt Molloy (flute), Kevin Coneff (bodhran and vocals), Jon Pilatzke (fiddle), Triona Marshall (harp and keys), Alyth McCormack (vocals and percussion), Tara Breen (fiddle and saxophone) and Tim Edey (guitar). The band’s early following comprised mainly of folk music fans but their range, musical variations and accompanying musicians quickly captured a much broader audience, elevating their status to the likeness of fellow Irish band, U2.
With six GRAMMY® Awards and a whopping 18 nominations, The Chieftains have successfully remained relevant in today’s music scene. Some of their performances have been linked to seminal historic events such as being the first Western musicians to perform on the Great Wall of China, the first ensemble to perform a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington DC, and participating in Roger Water’s “The Wall” performance in Berlin in 1990. The Chieftains have even reached space! In 2010, Paddy Moloney’s whistle and Matt Molloy’s flute traveled with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman to the international space station. They’ve collaborated with many lauded musicians including The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, James Galway, Bon Iver and Imelda May. Recently, the band received Honorary Doctorates from the Dublin Institute of Technology for their contribution to music and their role as cultural ambassadors.
The Chieftains are never afraid to shock purists by pushing genre boundaries. The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains’ love of, and loyalty to, their roots and they’re just as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining venues across America.
Don’t miss this special chance to see what all the hype is about on February 25, 2016