The Chieftains mark 50 years with Bon Iver, Decemberists, Civil Wars and more!

Music News | Nov 21st, 2011

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The Chieftains, the world’s most celebrated traditional Irish band, will mark their 50th anniversary with the release of Voice of Ages on February 21st 2012 (Hear/Concord). An imaginative collaboration featuring a dazzling collection of like-minded musical visionaries and kindred spirits, Voice of Ages, produced by Paddy Moloney and T Bone Burnett, features The Chieftains teaming with stars from the worlds of indie-rock (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem), country and Americana (The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers), Irish and Scottish folk (Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, Paolo Nutini) and more. “With 50 years of glorious music behind us,” Paddy Moloney says, “I can think of nothing more exciting than to spend another 50 years collaborating with the best voices of the future.”

Founded in 1962, winners of 6 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award, The Chieftains: founder and leader Paddy Moloney (Uilleann pipes, tin whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle) and Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), have popularized traditional Irish music world-wide during their astonishing 50 year career. Over the years, some of the biggest names in music have worked with the legendary band: Sting, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and The Rolling Stones among many others. Voice of Ages is a bold affirmation that their inspiring influence, musical brilliance and enduring legacy are more relevant than ever.

The Chieftains 2012 US tour will kick off in Santa Barbara, CA February 17 and will culminate with a special 50th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day show at New York’s Carnegie Hall March 17. See below for full tour dates.

Artists featured on Voice of Ages:

The Decemberists
Punch Brothers
The Secret Sisters
The Low Anthem
The Civil Wars
Pistol Annies
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Lisa Hannigan
Carlos Nunez
Paolo Nutini
Imelda May
Bon Iver

The Chieftains 2012 US Tour:

2/17 – Santa Barbara, CA – University of California Santa Barbara @ Campbell Hall
2/18 – Aliso Viejo, CA – Soka Performing Arts Center
2/19 – Tucson, AZ – University of Arizona Tucson @ Centennial Hall
2/21 – San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Jazz Festival @ Davies Symphony Hall
2/22 – Davis, CA – University of California Davis @ Jackson Hall/Mondavi Center
2/24 – Athens, GA – University of Georgia Athens @ Classic Center
2/25 – Birmingham, AL – UAB @ Alys Stevens PAC
2/27 – Edmond, OK – Armstrong Auditorium PAC
2/28 – Fort Worth, TX – Fort Worth Performing Arts @ Bass Hall
2/29 – San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Arts @ Lila Cockrell Theatre
3/02 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Symphony Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall
3/03 – Cedar Falls, IA – Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
3/04 – Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall
3/06 – Carmel, IN – Center for Performing Arts @ The Palladium
3/07 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffmann Center for Performing Arts @ Helzberg Hall
3/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center
3/10 – Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center
3/12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Virginia Arts Festival @ Sandler PAC
3/14 – Boston, MA – Celebrity Series @ Symphony Hall
3/16 – Washington, DC – Washington Performing Arts @ Kennedy Center
3/17 – New York, NY – Carnegie Hall

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