The Chieftains is an Irish band of traditional music, founded in Dublin in 1963, and in their first year decided to enter the studio to record their first LP titled Simply The Chieftains. Its initial composition was Paddy-Loney (Irish bagpipe), Martin Fay (violin and bones, traditional percussion instrument), Seán Potts (whistle) and David Fallon (bodhrán). All of them were musicians from the Irish pub scene, more specifically from Dublin and Ceoltóirí Cualann, the Seán O’Ríada Orchestra. The success of the exclusively instrumental training was a surprise, as the emerging Irish folk scene nourished mainly from the contributions that singers from groups like The Dubliners or the Clancy Brothers performed.
The Chieftains have been, after 50 years, recognized as the most influential and successful traditional Irish folk band in the world. Many might hope that Paddy and The Chieftains decided to take a break and set aside their extensive tours and numerous concerts to undertake other calmer projects, but that is not the way they decided to take, as it does not correspond to their Values of leaving life in his passion: music. Instead, they used their musicality and creativity to explore once again new and unusual passageways. The Chieftains ‘ Voice of Ages finds the band collaborating with some of the most influential artists of modern music, reinterpreting equally old and newer generations, what music means today, while insinuating where it might lead Morning.
The Chieftains published in 1969 their second album The Chieftains 2; In this new album there were some changes in the training, Seán Jane enters joins as a violinist and will be lapping Mercier replaces David Fallon in the bodhran.
In 1971, it comes to light its third album The Chieftains 3, disc that meant the takeoff of the band and the recognition to its style, strongly traditional but with enriching innovations. The band played for the first time in the United States of America in 1972, which followed several tours in 1973 and 1974.
Its components: Paddy Loney, Matt Molloy, Kevin Conneff, Seán Jane, Martin Fay (left the band in 2001), and Derek Bell (deceased in 2002) have made in the group Thirty-three recordings, in addition to those who have done each solo or in collaboration with others Country, Celtic and folk artists. The group has also carried out projects to revitalize Irish folklore, although lately they have tried to bring their music to a fusion with the music of other artists such as the Corrs, Carlos Núñez, Sinéad O’Connor, Kepa junkera or Ry Cooder. Several of his most important works are “An Irish Evening “, “the Celtic harp “, “The Long Black Veil ” and “Santiago “.
In 2010, accompanied by Ry Cooder, they released the album “San Patricio “, which purports to be a tribute to the namesake battalion, who fought alongside the Mexican army in the war against the United States from 1846 to 1848. This album also includes renowned Mexican artists such as Lila Downs, Los Tigres del Norte and Chavela Vargas.