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Chieftains Band Feature (1962-present)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

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 course."

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.....

Photo Gallery

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Ceoltoiri Cualann - 1961 Chieftains - 1979 Chieftains Chieftains - 2011 Chieftains (RF)
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Chieftains - 75

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Years Pipes Flute Fiddle Bodhran Harp Whistle Fiddle
1962 Paddy
Moloney
Michael
Tubridy
      Sean
Potts
Martin
Fay
1966 Paddy
Moloney
Michael
Tubridy
  Peader
Mercier
  Sean
Potts
Martin
Fay
1968 Paddy
Moloney
Michael
Tubridy
Sean
Keane
Peader
Mercier
  Sean
Potts
Martin
Fay
1974 Paddy
Moloney
Michael
Tubridy
Sean
Keane
Peader
Mercier
Derek
Bell
Sean
Potts
Martin
Fay
1976 Paddy
Moloney
Michael
Tubridy
Sean
Keane
Kevin
Conneff
Derek
Bell
Sean
Potts
Martin
Fay
1979 Paddy
Moloney
Matt
Molloy
Sean
Keane
Kevin
Conneff
Derek
Bell
  Martin
Fay
2001 Paddy
Moloney
Matt
Molloy
Sean
Keane
Kevin
Conneff
Derek
Bell
   
2002 Paddy
Moloney
Matt
Molloy
Sean
Keane
Kevin
Conneff
     

Discography

S - #3 Irish Charts
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Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?  

  Paddy Moloney:
  Martin Fay:
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  Derek Bell - RIP: Derek sadly passed away in 2002
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