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Friday, January 05, 2007

The Chieftains & The Houston Symphony

(Poster's Note: We have NO MORE Chieftains tickets to give away. However, KPFT members can get a 10% discount by mentioning their membership (tickets must be purchased in advance). Paddy Maloney will be our special guest on the Radio this Saturday. Jay) January 4, 2007 The Chieftains & The Houston Symphony Looking for something to do this weekend? Like traditional Irish music? Feeling kinda like dudding up and hitting The Houston Symphony for a nice evening out - hey, date night options! The Chieftains will be performing this Friday through Sunday. This internationally acclaimed group has been touring in North America (off and on, of course) for over 33 years and have been around for over 42. Here's a snippet from their official biography, to familiarize you who are unfamiliar with the instruments played and the awards and accolades they have received. The Chieftains were formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland. Paddy brought together musicians such as fiddler Martin Fay, flautist Michael Tubridy, tin whistle virtuoso Seán Potts, and bodhrán player David Fallon. They recorded a supposedly one-off instrumental album but five years later were reunited with some additions - fiddler Seán Keane, and Peader Mercier replacing Fallon. Derek Bell, harpist came on board in 1973. It wasn't until 1975 that The Chieftains began playing together full time and they marked the event with a historic performance in Albert Hall in London. The following few years saw the departure of Mercier, and the addition of bodhrán player and vocalist Kevin Conneff, and another lineup change in '78/79 with the departure of Potts and Tubridy and a new flautist, Matt Molloy. On top of their six Grammy awards, they have been honoured in their own country by being officially named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors, perfomed during the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of a 135,000,000 strong audience, and were the subject of a tribute Late Late Show in 1987, their 25th anniversary. Tickets: $27 - $106 Time: 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on Sunday Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts - 615 Louisiana
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