Chieftains Band Feature (1962-present)
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Where Are They Now?
Looking back, it is hard to believe that in an interview published
in the April 24, 1975 issue of Spotlight magazine Paddy
Moloney is quoted as saying, "The crunch is going to come about next
March, we're going to have to make a decision as to whether the
Chieftains are going to go professional or not." He continued,
"Certainly, I'll be stepping down from here (i.e. Claddagh Records),
I can't possibly go on looking after both the Chieftains and
Claddagh, but I'll still remain a director of the company, of
From humble beginnings in 1962,
the Chieftains have remained, arguably, the greatest force in Irish
traditional music for nearly 50 years. In 1965, they released their
first album, simply entitled The Chieftains and the rest, as
they say, is history.
Today, the Chieftains are now a
four piece with only Paddy, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy and Kevin
Conneff remaining. Although officially the band is comprised of the
four musicians mentioned above, they are augmented on stage with
several other musicians in their "touring" band, including a harpist
and another fiddle player. Also based on photos on the Internet, it
appears Sean Keane does not travel with the band all the time as he
is noted to be absent from several recent photos of the band.
More to come.....
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