The Chieftains
Overview
 
The Chieftains are a Grammy-winning Irish
Ireland
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 musical group founded in 1962, best known for being one of the first bands to make Irish traditional music
Folk music of Ireland
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 popular around the world.
The band's name came from the book Death of a Chieftain by Irish author John Montague
John Montague
John Montague may refer to:*John Montague , Irish poet and writer*John Montague , baseball relief pitcher*John Montague , golfer and con man...

. Assisted early on by Garech Browne
Garech Browne
The Hon. Garech Domnagh Browne, born 25 June, 1939, is a member of the titled family of Oranmore and Browne in the West of Ireland and is a wealthy patron of Irish arts, notably traditional Irish music...

, they signed with his company Claddagh Records
Claddagh Records
Claddagh Records is a record label which was founded in 1959 by Garech Browne and Ivor Browne. It specialises in Irish traditional music and spoken word. Gareth had been taking lessons at the time from the master piper Leo Rowsome whose artistry was very well known. Leo, who had made many...

. They needed financial success abroad, and succeeded in this, as within a few years their third album's sleeve note section was printed in three languages.
The band has recorded many albums of instrumental Irish folk music, as well as multiple collaborations with popular musicians of many genres, including Country music
Country music
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, Galician traditional music, Cape Breton
Cape Breton fiddling
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 and Newfoundland
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 music, and rock and roll
Rock and roll
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.
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The Chieftains are a Grammy-winning Irish
Ireland
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

 musical group founded in 1962, best known for being one of the first bands to make Irish traditional music
Folk music of Ireland
The folk music of Ireland is the generic term for music that has been created in various genres in Ireland.-History:...

 popular around the world.

Name

The band's name came from the book Death of a Chieftain by Irish author John Montague
John Montague
John Montague may refer to:*John Montague , Irish poet and writer*John Montague , baseball relief pitcher*John Montague , golfer and con man...

. Assisted early on by Garech Browne
Garech Browne
The Hon. Garech Domnagh Browne, born 25 June, 1939, is a member of the titled family of Oranmore and Browne in the West of Ireland and is a wealthy patron of Irish arts, notably traditional Irish music...

, they signed with his company Claddagh Records
Claddagh Records
Claddagh Records is a record label which was founded in 1959 by Garech Browne and Ivor Browne. It specialises in Irish traditional music and spoken word. Gareth had been taking lessons at the time from the master piper Leo Rowsome whose artistry was very well known. Leo, who had made many...

. They needed financial success abroad, and succeeded in this, as within a few years their third album's sleeve note section was printed in three languages.

Work

The band has recorded many albums of instrumental Irish folk music, as well as multiple collaborations with popular musicians of many genres, including Country music
Country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

, Galician traditional music, Cape Breton
Cape Breton fiddling
Cape Breton fiddling is a regional violin style which falls within the Celtic music idiom. Cape Breton Island's fiddle music was brought to North America by Scottish immigrants during the Highland Clearances. These Scottish immigrants were primarily from Gaelic-speaking regions in the Scottish...

 and Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Canada. Situated in the country's Atlantic region, it incorporates the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador with a combined area of . As of April 2011, the province's estimated population is 508,400...

 music, and rock and roll
Rock and roll
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. They have performed with Luciano Pavarotti
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, the Rolling Stones, Ultravox
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, Carlos Núñez
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, Van Morrison
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, Ashley MacIsaac
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, Glass Tiger
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, Bela Fleck
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, Siobhán O'Brien
Siobhán O'Brien
Siobhán O'Brien is a singer-songwriter who performs with acoustic guitar and harmonica. O'Brien has performed with Bob Dylan, The San Diego Symphony, The Chieftains and supported such acts as Christy Moore, Donovan, Damien Dempsey, Pete Cummings, Sharon Shannon, Henry McCullough, Maria McKee, Mick...

, Moya Brennan
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, Mark Knopfler
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, Loreena McKennitt
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, Ry Cooder
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, Los Cenzontles
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, Mick Jagger
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, Elvis Costello
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, Roger Daltrey
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, Nanci Griffith
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, Tom Jones
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, Sinéad O'Connor
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, Natalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant
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, James Galway
James Galway
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, The Corrs
The Corrs
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, Art Garfunkel
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, Sting, Rosanne Cash
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, Jim White, Ziggy Marley
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, Lyle Lovett
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, Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne
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, Eros Ramazzotti
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, Kepa Junkera
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, Mike Gordon
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, Madonna
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, and numerous Country-western artists, including Earl Scruggs
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, Ricky Skaggs
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, Willie Nelson
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, and others. In May 1986 they performed at Self Aid
Self Aid
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, a benefit concert held in Dublin that focused on the problem of chronic unemployment which was widespread in Ireland at that time. In 1994 they appeared in Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey
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's production, album and video of A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who
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.

The front covers of the first four albums were designed by Edward Delaney
Edward Delaney
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.

Success and recognition

The group has won six Grammy Award
Grammy Award
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s and have been nominated eighteen times. They have won an Emmy
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 and a Genie
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 and contributed tracks, including their highly-praised version of the song Women of Ireland
Women of Ireland
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, to Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
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's Oscar-winning score for Stanley Kubrick
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's 1975 film Barry Lyndon
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. In 2002 they were given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the UK
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's BBC Radio 2
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. Two of their singles have been minor hits in the UK Singles Chart
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. "Have I Told You Lately
Have I Told You Lately
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" (credited to The Chieftains with Van Morrison
Van Morrison
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) reached #71 in 1995. "I Know My Love" (credited to The Chieftains featuring The Corrs) reached #37 in 2002.

Dr Gearoid O hAllmhurain said the success of The Chieftains has helped to place Irish traditional music on a par with other musical genres in the world of popular entertainment. By collaborating with pop and rock musicians, they have taken Irish music to a much wider audience. They have become, in effect, musical ambassadors for Ireland. This de facto role was officially recognised by the Irish Government in 1989 when it awarded the group the honorary title of Ireland's Musical Ambassadors.

They played in a concert for Pope John Paul II
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, and an audience of more than one million people in 1979 in Phoenix Park in Dublin, to mark the Papal visit to Ireland.

In 1983, they were invited by the Chinese Government to perform with the Chinese Broadcasting Art Group in a concert on the Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
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, becoming the first western musical group to do so. They were the first group to perform in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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; invited to do so by Senator Edward Kennedy
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 and the former Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill
Tip O'Neill
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.

Band members

Paddy Moloney
Paddy Moloney
Paddy Moloney is one of the founders of the Irish musical group The Chieftains and has played on every one of their albums.He was born in Donnycarney in Dublin. His mother bought him a tin whistle when he was six and at the age of eight he started to learn the Uilleann pipes. He also plays button...

 is the band's founder and leader, and composes or arranges most of the band's music. While the band's members changed numerous times in the band's early history, the membership solidified in 1979 when Matt Molloy
Matt Molloy
Matt Molloy is an Irish musician, from a region known for producing talented flautists. As a child, he began playing the flute and won the All-Ireland Flute Championship at only seventeen years old...

 replaced Michael Tubridy
Michael Tubridy
Michael "Mick" Tubridy is an Irish musician and structural engineer.- Career :In 1962, he was a founder member of the traditional Irish music group, The Chieftains, with whom he played the tin whistle, Irish flute, and concertina. Michael remained a member of the group until 1979.He worked as a...

. From then until 2002, members included:
  • Paddy Moloney
    Paddy Moloney
    Paddy Moloney is one of the founders of the Irish musical group The Chieftains and has played on every one of their albums.He was born in Donnycarney in Dublin. His mother bought him a tin whistle when he was six and at the age of eight he started to learn the Uilleann pipes. He also plays button...

     - uilleann pipes
    Uilleann pipes
    The uilleann pipes or //; ) are the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland, their current name, earlier known in English as "union pipes", is a part translation of the Irish-language term píobaí uilleann , from their method of inflation.The bag of the uilleann pipes is inflated by means of a...

    , tin whistle
    Tin whistle
    The tin whistle, also called the penny whistle, English Flageolet, Scottish penny whistle, Tin Flageolet, Irish whistle and Clarke London Flageolet is a simple six-holed woodwind instrument. It is an end blown fipple flute, putting it in the same category as the recorder, American Indian flute, and...

    , button accordion
    Accordion
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    , bodhrán
    Bodhrán
    The bodhrán is an Irish frame drum ranging from 25 to 65 cm in diameter, with most drums measuring 35 to 45 cm . The sides of the drum are 9 to 20 cm deep. A goatskin head is tacked to one side...

  • Matt Molloy
    Matt Molloy
    Matt Molloy is an Irish musician, from a region known for producing talented flautists. As a child, he began playing the flute and won the All-Ireland Flute Championship at only seventeen years old...

     - flute
    Flute
    The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening...

    , tin whistle
  • Kevin Conneff
    Kevin Conneff
    Kevin Conneff is more familiarly known as the voice and rhythmic heartbeat of the legendary Irish folk group, The Chieftains, through his talents as vocalist and bodhrán player. He joined the group in 1976, replacing Peadar Mercier who had been the second bodhrán player for the group...

     - bodhrán, vocals
  • Seán Keane
    Seán Keane (fiddler)
    Seán Keane was born on July 12, 1946 in Dublin. He is a well-respected fiddler, and also a fiddle teacher. He was a member of Ceoltóirí Chualann in the 1960s, before joining The Chieftains in 1968...

     - fiddle
    Fiddle
    The term fiddle may refer to any bowed string musical instrument, most often the violin. It is also a colloquial term for the instrument used by players in all genres, including classical music...

    , tin whistle

Former members

  • Martin Fay
    Martin Fay
    Martin Fay is an Irish fiddler and bones player, and a former member of The Chieftains.In 1962 he became one of the founding members of The Chieftains. In 2001, he decided to stop touring with the group, limiting his appearances with the group to events in Ireland.-External links:*...

     - fiddle, bones
    Bones (instrument)
    The bones are a musical instrument which, at the simplest, consists of a pair of animal bones, or pieces of wood or a similar material. Sections of large rib bones and lower leg bones are the most commonly used true bones, although wooden sticks shaped like the earlier true bones are now more...

     (retired in 2002)
  • Derek Bell
    Derek Bell (musician)
    George Derek Fleetwood Bell, MBE was an Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer, best known for his accompaniment work on various instruments with The Chieftains....

     - Irish harp, keyboard instrument
    Keyboard instrument
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    s, oboe
    Oboe
    The oboe is a double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family. In English, prior to 1770, the instrument was called "hautbois" , "hoboy", or "French hoboy". The spelling "oboe" was adopted into English ca...

     (died in 2002 due to complications following minor surgery)
  • David Fallon - bodhrán
  • Ronnie McShane - percussion
    Percussion instrument
    A percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound when hit with an implement or when it is shaken, rubbed, scraped, or otherwise acted upon in a way that sets the object into vibration...

  • Peadar Mercier - bodhrán, bones
  • Seán Potts
    Sean Potts
    Seán Potts is an Irish musician. He is a native of Drimnagh and was born there in 1930. He is best known for his outstanding tin whistle playing and his duty with The Chieftains from 1962 to 1979.- With The Chieftains :...

     - tin whistle, bones, bodhrán
  • Michael Tubridy
    Michael Tubridy
    Michael "Mick" Tubridy is an Irish musician and structural engineer.- Career :In 1962, he was a founder member of the traditional Irish music group, The Chieftains, with whom he played the tin whistle, Irish flute, and concertina. Michael remained a member of the group until 1979.He worked as a...

     - flute, concertina
    Concertina
    A concertina is a free-reed musical instrument, like the various accordions and the harmonica. It has a bellows and buttons typically on both ends of it. When pressed, the buttons travel in the same direction as the bellows, unlike accordion buttons which travel perpendicularly to it...

    , tin whistle

Discography

  • The Chieftains 1 (1963)
  • The Chieftains 2 (1969)
  • The Chieftains 3 (1971)
  • The Chieftains 4 (1973)
  • The Chieftains 5
    The Chieftains 5
    -Track listing:# "The Timpán Reel" – 3:12# "Tabhair dom do Lámh " – 2:37# "Three Kerry Polkas" – 2:54# "Ceol Bhriotánach " – 5:08# "The Chieftains' Knock on the Door" – 7:16# "The Robber's Glen" – 3:51...

    (1975)
  • The Chieftains 6: Bonaparte's Retreat
    The Chieftains 6: Bonaparte's Retreat
    Chieftains 6 or The Chieftains 6: Bonapartes Retreat is an album by The Chieftains. It is the first album to feature singing, and the honoured singer was Dolores Keane...

    (1976)
  • The Chieftains 7
    The Chieftains 7
    Chieftains 7 or The Chieftains 7 is an album by The Chieftains, the first album which featured Kevin Conneff as a full member of the band...

    (1977)
  • The Chieftains Live! (1977)
  • The Chieftains 8
    The Chieftains 8
    The Chieftains 8 is an album by The Chieftains. Originally recorded for Claddagh Records and released in 1978, it was re-released on Columbia Records. It is the last of the group's albums recorded before members Seán Potts and Michael Tubridy left the band...

    (1978)
  • The Chieftains 9: Boil the Breakfast Early
    The Chieftains 9: Boil the Breakfast Early
    The Chieftains 9: Boil the Breakfast Early is an Irish folk album by The Chieftains. This album featured a big change in The Chieftains sound, because two of the founding members, Seán Potts and Michael Tubridy, left the group. The replacement for Michael Tubridy was Matt Molloy, who had just been...

    (1979)
  • The Chieftains 10: Cotton-Eyed Joe (1980)
  • The Year of the French (1981)
  • The Grey Fox (1982) (soundtrack to The Grey Fox
    The Grey Fox (film)
    The Grey Fox is a 1982 Canadian film written by John Hunter and directed by Phillip Borsos. It is based on the true story of Bill Miner, an American stagecoach robber who staged Canada's first train robbery on September 10, 1904. The film stars Richard Farnsworth as Miner...

    )
  • Concert Orchestra (1983)
  • The Chieftains in China
    The Chieftains in China
    The Chieftains in China is an album released by the Irish musical group The Chieftains in 1985. In 1983 the Chieftains were the first Irish musicians to visit China and the first ever Western musical group to play on the Great Wall of China...

    (1985)
  • Ballad of the Irish Horse
    Ballad of the Irish Horse (album)
    Ballad of the Irish Horse is an album released by the Irish musical group The Chieftains in 1986. The album serves as the soundtrack for a National Geographic documentary, The Ballad of the Irish Horse, which documented the history and tradition of horses in Ireland.- Track listing :# "Ballad of...

    (1986)
  • Celtic Wedding
    Celtic Wedding
    Celtic Wedding is an album of traditional Breton music performed by the Irish band The Chieftains. The album features guest performances by the Breton artists, Nolwenn Monjarrret, Bernard Pichard, Alain Guerton and Michel Bertae...

    (1987)

  • In Ireland (1987) (with James Galway
    James Galway
    - External links : IMGArtists.com 15 September 2008. AllAboutJazz.com 5 August 2008.*...

    )
  • Irish Heartbeat
    Irish Heartbeat
    Irish Heartbeat is the eighteenth album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and is a collaboration with the traditional Irish musical group The Chieftains, released in 1988...

    (1988) (with Van Morrison
    Van Morrison
    Van Morrison, OBE is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are regarded as transcendental and inspired; while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are widely...

    )
  • The Tailor Of Gloucester (1988)
  • A Chieftains Celebration
    A Chieftains Celebration
    A Chieftains Celebration is an album by the Irish folk music group, The Chieftains. The title derives from the "celebration" of the millennium of the city of Dublin, Ireland.- Track listing :# "Coolin Medly" – 4:56...

    (1989)
  • Over the Sea To Skye: The Celtic Connection (1990) (with James Galway)
  • The Bells of Dublin
    The Bells of Dublin
    The Bells of Dublin is an album of Christmas songs and traditional carols by the Irish band The Chieftains. The album features guest performances by various artists, including Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Marianne Faithfull, Nanci Griffith, Rickie Lee Jones and the...

    (1991)
  • Another Country
    Another Country (Chieftains album)
    Another Country is a 1992 album by The Chieftains. It is a collaboration between the Irish band and many top country music musicians including Ricky Skaggs, Don Williams, Colin James, Emmylou Harris, members from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins and Sam Bush...

    (1992)
  • An Irish Evening
    An Irish Evening
    An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast is an album by The Chieftains. The album is a live recording of a concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland...

    (1992)
  • The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting (1993) (with The Belfast Harp Orchestra)
  • The Long Black Veil
    The Long Black Veil (album)
    The Long Black Veil is an album by the traditional Irish folk band The Chieftains. Released in 1995, it is one of the most popular and best selling albums by the band. It reached number 17 in the album charts. The band teamed up with well-known musicians such as Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones...

    (1995)
  • Film Cuts
    Film Cuts
    Film Cuts is an album released by the Irish musical group The Chieftains in 1996. The album is a collection of music by The Chieftains used in the motion picture soundtracks of Rob Roy, Circle of Friends, Treasure Island, Barry Lyndon, Lovespell aka Tristan and Isolde, The Grey Fox, Far and Away,...

    (1996)
  • Santiago
    Santiago (album)
    Santiago is an album by The Chieftains, released through RCA Records in 1996. In 1997, the album earned the group the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.-Track listing:# "Txalaparta" – 1:16# "Arku - Dantza/Arin-Arin" – 4:21...

    (1996)
  • Long Journey Home (1998)
  • Fire in the Kitchen
    Fire in the Kitchen
    Fire in the Kitchen is a compilation album recorded by The Chieftains, in collaboration with an array of Canadian folk musical guests, and released in 1998....

    (1998)
  • Silent Night: A Christmas in Rome (1998)
  • Tears of Stone
    Tears of Stone (album)
    Tears of Stone is an album by The Chieftains, released in 1999. Each track features a different female guest artist or group, with the exception of Jim Corr of the Corrs and Jimmy and John of The Rankins...

    (1999)
  • Water From the Well (2000)
  • The Wide World Over
    The Wide World Over
    -Personnel:*Derek Bell – cláirseach, oboe, keyboards, tiompán, vocals*Kevin Conneff – bodhrán, vocals*Martin Fay – fiddle, bones, vocals*Seán Keane – fiddle, tin whistle, vocals...

    (2002)
  • Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions
    Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions
    Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions is a 2002 album by The Chieftains. It is a collaboration between the Irish band and many top country music musicians including Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Martina McBride and Alison Krauss....

    (2002)
  • Further Down the Old Plank Road
    Further Down the Old Plank Road
    Further Down the Old Plank Road is a 2003 album by The Chieftains. It is a collaboration between the Irish band and many top country music musicians including Rosanne Cash, Chet Atkins, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs, and Patty Loveless....

    (2003)
  • Live From Dublin: A Tribute To Derek Bell
    Live from Dublin: A Tribute to Derek Bell
    Live From Dublin: A Tribute To Derek Bell is an album by The Chieftains. The album is a live recording of a concert dedicated to Derek Bell, a former member of the band. The band invited on stage friends of Derek Bell, such as Ronnie Drew, Carlos Núñez, Anúna and Jeff White...

    (2005)
  • The Essential Chieftains
    The Essential Chieftains
    The Essential Chieftains is a career-spanning greatest hits album by The Chieftains first released in 2006. It is part of the on-going 'The Essential' Sony BMG compilation series.-Disc 1:#Lots of Drops of Brandy -3:43...

    (2006)
  • San Patricio
    San Patricio (album)
    San Patricio is an album by the Irish musical group, The Chieftains and Ry Cooder, released in 2010. It tells the story of the San Patricio battalion - a group of Irish immigrant volunteer soldiers who deserted the U.S. Army in 1846 to fight on the Mexican side in the Mexican-American War...

    (2010) (with Ry Cooder
    Ry Cooder
    Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder is an American guitarist, singer and composer. He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and, more recently, his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.His solo work has been eclectic, encompassing...

    )

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