The Low Anthem to join The Chieftains onstage!

by Chieftains on January 25, 2013

The Chieftains will be joined by special guests The Low Anthem for a trio of shows on their upcoming St. Patrick’s Day tour, including Morristown, NJ on March 5, Princeton, NJ on March 6, and Stamford, CT on March 12.  The Low Anthem collaborated with The Chieftains on last years 50th anniversary album “Voice of Ages”, which Rolling Stone called “killer” and Billboard hailed as “momentous”, and joined them for a special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

See full dates for the US tour, which finds The Chieftains collaborating with a variety of orchestras on the tour page.

Due to scheduling conflicts, The Chieftains show in Austin, Texas on February 14, 2013 is being postponed to a date in 2014.  Please check our website and Facebook pages for updates.  More information can be found on the website for One World Theatre in Austin, TX.

The Chieftains apologize for any inconvenience.


Martin Fay – 1938 – 2012

by Chieftains on November 14, 2012






The Chieftains are sad to announce that original member Martin Fay has passed away at the age of 76.  Martin’s memory and music will be with The Chieftains always.  He will be dearly missed.

The Chieftains 2013 US Tour – Tickets On-Sale Now!

by Chieftains on November 13, 2012

Tickets are now on-sale for The Chieftains 2013 US tour – ticket links and information below!

February 9, 2013 – Naples, FL – Buy Tickets Here 

February 10, 2013 – Gainesville, FL – Buy Tickets Here 

February 11, 2013 – Tallahassee, FL –Buy Tickets Here

February 13, 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets Here

February 14, 2013 – Austin, TX – POSTPONED UNTIL 2014

February 15, 2013 – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets Here

February 17, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets Here

February 18, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV – Buy Tickets Here

February 19, 2013 – Omaha, NE – Buy Tickets Here

February 21 – 23 2013 – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets Here

February 24, 2013 – Cleveland, OH – Buy Tickets Here

February 26, 2013 – Ithaca, NY – Buy Tickets Here

February 27, 2013 – Utica, NY – Buy Tickets Here

March 1, 2013 – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets Here

March 2, 2013 – Rockford, IL – Buy Tickets Here

March 3, 2013 – Bloomington, IL – Buy Tickets Here

March 5, 2013 – Morristown, NJ – Buy Tickets Here

March 6, 2013 – Princeton, NJ – Buy Tickets Here

March 8 – 10, 2013 – Cincinnati, OH – Buy Tickets Here

March 12, 2013 – Stamford, CT – Buy Tickets Here

March 14 – 16, 2013 – Washington, DC – Buy Tickets Here on December 5!

March 17, 2013 – Norfolk, VA – Buy Tickets Here

*NEW DATE ADDED – The Chieftains will be performing April 24, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium – Buy Tickets Here

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Get your tickets for The Chieftains in Calgary, AB!

by Chieftains on September 21, 2012

There are still great seats available for The Chieftains concert in Calgary, AB, on October 9th!  Get your tickets before they’re gone!

The Chieftains at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012!

by Chieftains on September 21, 2012

The Chieftains are excited to confirm their participation in this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, CA!

Catch them at Golden Gate Park on Saturday, August 6th!

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The Mexican government has honoured one of the founders of the Chieftans with an award to recognise the contribution he has made in strengthening ties between Ireland and Mexico.

The ‘Ohtli’ Award is the highest cultural award that Mexico gives to citizens outside of the country. Paddy Moloney is one of only three Irish people ever to have received the honour. Mexican Ambassador to Ireland Carlos Garcia de Alba said Mr Moloney received the Award in recognition of his strengthening of Mexican and Irish ties.
In 2010, The Chieftains released the album ‘San Patricio’. The collaborative album was inspired by the story of soldiers in the Mexican American war, led by Sgt John Reilly, who deserted the US Army and fought for the Mexican side as the St Patricio Battalion.

“John formed his battalion, and fought on the Mexican side until the bitter end,” Paddy said.

Taken by the story, Mr Moloney fused the sounds of nine regions of the country along with the Chieftains own music.
The award will be officially presented to Mr Moloney tomorrow evening to coincide with Mexican independence celebrations.

He said this award means a lot to him.

He added that the album took years to research the music of Mexico from the 19th and 20th centuries.


For anyone who loves Irish music and poetry, this is the album for you. Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and John Montague, celebrated Irish poet, have released their collaboration, The Wild Dog Rose, an album of poetry and Irish music.  This album is a long time coming, something both Moloney and Montague discussed as far back as the 1960s. At long last, it’s here and now available to purchase.

As Moloney says on the sleeve notes of The Wild Dog Rose:   ‘When I first spoke to John Montague, it was while recording the first Chieftain’s album at Peter Hunt Studios in Dublin. John wondered about my suggestion of calling the group TheQuare Fellas after our friend Brendan Behan’s play. John came up with the bright idea of The Chieftains based on his book of short stories Death of a Chieftain.   From that point on, John and I became friends, through Claddagh, and during the making of The Northern Muse, which was the first spoken word album that I managed as a director and the manager of Claddagh Records.’

A moving and powerful combination of Moloney’s Uilleann pipes and tin whistle with Montague’s sonorous voice reciting his own poems, this is an album the world has been waiting for. Deeply moving and beautiful, it creates an atmosphere that will bring anyone listening back to the shores of Ireland. Also featured on the album are Sir James Galway, Veronica McSwiney and the other members of The Chieftains (Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Kevin Conneff and Triona Marshall).

Steeped in Irish history and language, the vagaries of love and loss, this album will be a classic of our times and well into the future.

To buy “The Wild Dog Rose” on itunes, click here

“Irresistible. The poet of loss and love consoled by the minstrel of delight.” – John Boorman, April 2011.




The Chieftains return to Nova Scotia to headline the 16th annual Celtic Colours International Festival, taking place from Oct. 5 to 13, 2012 across Cape Breton isle.

Besides nine days of concerts, dances, workshops, outdoor activities and late-night festival club sessions, Celtic Colours 2012 will also continue its Fiddletree and Roots to the Future projects, as well as hold a concert dedicated to Cape Breton songs of work and protest.

Click here for Celtic Colours lineup.

The festival kicks off on Friday, Oct. 9, with the My Island Too concert at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, including MacMaster, Fiddlers’ Bid and the Asham Stompers, and wraps up Saturday, Oct. 13, with 50 Years of Celtic Charm at Sydney’s Centre 200, with the Chieftains, Battlefield Band and more.

Tickets go on sale on Thurs., July 5. For more information, visit the Celtic Colours International Festival website.

Nolwenn Leroy to join The Chieftains in Paris!

by Chieftains on June 20, 2012

Considered by numerous media as 2011’s “Artist of the Year”  in France:  Nolwenn Leroy will be at The Olympia to sing with The Chieftians!

BRETONNE, Nolwenn Leroy’s last album is a huge success!  More than 1 million albums sold to date!

Find out more about Nolwen Leroy. Click here.

To purchase tickets to this show, Click here.