Chieftain's Paddy Moloney to Visit Beyond the Pale 2/24/08
CHIEFTAINS BRING THEIR
CELTIC-SCOTTISH CONNECTION 2008 TOUR:
TO PLAYHOUSE SQUARE
Legendary Irish Musical Group Joins With
Scotland's Alyth McCormack, Brian Mcalpine, And Jonny Hardie For A Celebration
Of Musical Heritage
CLEVELAND, OH -
January 25, 2008 -The Chieftains,
having served as the benchmark for Irish traditional music for the past four
decades, will return to Playhouse Square this March. February 2008 marks
34 years of touring in North America for the group, having made their U.S.
debut in 1972 and their first tour in 1974. The Chieftains will perform at Playhouse
Square's Palace Theatre on Saturday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m.
The Chieftains original members
include founder and frontman Paddy Moloney (Uilleann pipes, tin whistle), Matt
Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle) and Kevin Conneff (bodhran, vocals).
Other performers include the notable Irish harpist Triona Marshall, and
the young Canadian acrobatic dancing team of brothers' Jon and Nathan Pilatzke,
along with traditional Irish dancer Cara Butler. Known for her
one-of-a-kind technique, Triona left the RTE Orchestra to tour with The Chieftains
and released her self-titled solo debut album in early 2007. The dancing Pilatzkes have been a part of The
Chieftains show for just over five years now, with Jon continuing to dazzle
audiences with his ability to combine his talents on stage as a correspondingly
brilliant fiddle player. Also on board is Maureen Fahy (fiddle and
vocals), and Irish vocalist Carmel Conway, who will be joining the group in Los
Angeles and Philadelphia.
For the CELTIC-SCOTTISH CONNECTION 2008
TOUR, The Chieftains will incorporate a trio of renowned musicians from
Scotland as special guests. Fronting the trio is Alyth McCormack, a
singer/actress who has performed worldwide to rave reviews, having also
recorded with various artists and appearing on a number of film soundtracks.
McCormack found critical acclaim for her first solo album An Iomall (The Edge) released by Vertical Records, and will be
accompanied throughout the tour by pianist and singer Brian Mcalpine, and Jonny
Hardie (guitar and fiddle).
Says Chieftain Paddy Moloney:
"The connection between Irish and Scottish music is undeniable, and I'm excited
to finally be celebrating this with these great talents." Adds Moloney
with a laugh, "It's about time we join up with some Scots, considering we gave
them the bagpipes and all."
This year, The Chieftains can
also be heard on the soundtrack for "The Water Horse: Legend of The Deep," by
composer James Newton Howard. The family film is playing in movie
theaters worldwide, with the original music mutually finding international
praise. For the 2008 tour, The Chieftains will perform selections that
span their latest and greatest hits, many of which are found on their 2006
release The Essential Chieftains.
As usual with The
Chieftain's shows look for other surprise guests to appear at select
With a career that spans
forty-three years and forty-three albums, The Chieftains are not only Ireland's
premier musical ambassadors but also the most enduring and influential creative
force in establishing the international appeal of Celtic music and have also
collaborated with many musical legends including Van Morrison and Sting.
Six-time Grammy winners and nineteen-time Grammy nominees, The Chieftains
continue to maintain an international touring schedule that has brought them
before literally millions of fans on every continent.
This performance engagement is a part of the Smart Seats
initiative at Playhouse Square that offers smart entertainment at a smart
price. For more information on Smart Seats, visit www.PlayhouseSquare.org/SmartSeats.
The Chieftains will perform on Saturday, March 1st
at 7:30 p.m. in the Palace Theatre. For information call (216) 241-6000, visit the
Playhouse Square Ticket Office or log onto PlayhouseSquare.org.
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