The Chieftains, formed by Seán O’Riada’s Ceólteórí Chulann, have brought their brand of Irish music all around the world for many years, often mixing with the music of other countries, such as China and Nashville, Tennessee.
They merged with styles such as pop and American bluegrass. They have recorded many CDs and have collaborated with artists from world music, and pop and rock world, such as Elvis Costello, Kate Bush, and Van Morrisson.
The leader of the group is uilleann Piper and whistler, Paddy Moloney. Matt Molloy is their flute player. They usually have 2 fiddle players, Martin Fay and Seán Keane, and until his death several years ago Derek Bell played harp and piano.
They remained true to the innovative ensemble style of O' Riada’s Ceoltoiri Cualann.
An example of a piece of music by the chieftains is the jig ‘Lots of Drops of Brandy’, featuring uileann pipes, harp, piano, fiddle, bodhran and flute.
Song: I Know My Love by The Chieftains feat. The Corrs.