The Chieftains Awarded Galicia’s Highest Cultural Honour

by Chieftains on June 12, 2013

The Council of the Galician Government will honor The Chieftains with the “Castelao Medal” at the upcoming awards ceremony on June 28th in Santiago de Compostela. The Castelao Medal is awarded annually by the Xunta de Galicia to recognize outstanding achievements in art, literature, music, or science. One of the founding members of The Chieftains, Mr. Paddy Moloney, will accept the award on behalf of the group

The Chieftains have a history with Galicia that stretches back almost thirty years…….In the late 1980’s, after a festival performance in the Galician seaport of Vigo, Moloney met a gifted piper by the name of Carlos Núñez. This meeting marked the beginning of a long-standing and fruitful collaboration. Núñez joined The Chieftains in performances around the world and thrilled audiences with his unmatched skill on recorder and the Gaita (Galician bag-pipes). The Chieftains also worked with Carlos in the studio on the full length release Santiago (1996-BMG Classics).  The Chieftains drew inspiration from the traditional pilgrimage route to the enchanted cathedral of Santiago de Compestela. Moloney’s passion for music, influenced by the Galician tradition, drew him to regions outside of Galicia as well, including Cuba and southern California. The Chieftains have done a great deal to shed light on the cultural connection between Galicia and Celtic Ireland. They will be the first Irishmen to receive the Castelao Medal.

Moloney will join the other award winners and the President of the Galician Government, Mr. Alberto Núñez Feijóo at the President’s residence for a private luncheon following the awards ceremony.

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