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The First Career Spanning
Greatest Hits 2-CD Collection





January-March String of Concert Dates
Marks 31 Years of Touring In North America.

January 7, 2005 (New York, NY) - Irish music ambassadors The Chieftains celebrate the life and legacy of one of its most beloved members this February 22 with the release of Live From Dublin: A Tribute To Derek Bell (RCA Victor).

Recorded live at the Ireland’s premier performing venues, the Gaiety Theater and National Concert Hall, in the spring and summer of 2004, Live From Dublin honors the late, lamented Derek Bell, the longtime band-mate who passed away unexpectedly in 2002 after recording the group’s 2002 Grammy nominated album, Down The Old Plank Road.

Live From Dublin features some of Bell’s favorite songs, drawing on an array of global influences that has become a Chieftains hallmark since their inception. It’s a musical approach that takes Celtic music as a reference point to explore an encyclopedic array of sounds and styles from around the world. Songs include the opening medley of traditional Irish reels, a Galician medley drawing on the Irish-Spanish connection, the “bluegrass-greengrass” collaborative “Down The Old Plank Road,” and “Ottawa Valley Dance,” which features the Pilatzke brothers and showcasing a Celtic-Canadian influence.

One of the most touching moments on the CD is the performance of “Derek’s Tune,” a haunting melody composed by Chieftains founder Paddy Moloney.

“For one year [after his death] we left an empty chair on the stage in his honor,” Moloney recounts. He was a consummate, classically trained musician, equally adept at harp, oboe, hammer dulcimer, keyboards and variety of other instruments. This album is both a way of honoring his memory and continuing with the music that meant so much to him.”

The Chieftains will also embark on a 2005 North American tour, which begins on January 13 in Salt Lake City and runs through March 20 in Milwaukee. In breaking with a longstanding tradition of performing in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), this time band will instead perform in Toronto.

The tour includes original members Paddy Moloney (Uilleann pipes, tin whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle) and Kevin Conneff (bodhran, vocals). They will be joined by guest artists, including Sony BMG Spain recording artist Carlos Nunez (Gaita, Recorder, whistle, Bombard) from Galicia, Spain, who first recorded and toured with the Chieftains in 1990 at age 17. Nunez was considered the seventh member of the Chieftains during the making of album Santiago, which landed the group their 5th Grammy Award. He also performed with the Chieftains on the soundtrack of the Charlton Heston film, Treasure Island. Nunez and his Spanish trio of Francisco Alvarez (mandolin) and Jorge Nunez (percussion) will perform with the Chieftains to explore the music of Galicia, the Celtic section of Spain.

Other performers include the notable Irish harpist Triona Marshall, the young Canadian acrobatic dancing team of brothers’ Jon and Nathan Pilatzke, along with Cara Butler and Donny Golden, who will treat audiences to traditional Irish dancing. Other surprise guests will appear in selected cities, to be announced.

With a career that spans forty-two years and forty-one 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. Six-time Grammy winners and eighteen-time Grammy nominees, The Chieftains maintain an international touring schedule that has brought them before literally millions of fans.

Live From Dublin:
A Tribute To Derek Bell
(RCA Victor) released on February 22, 2005


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2 CDs, 35 tracks, spanning from 4th LP (in 1965) through 2002’s Down The Old Plank Road – guests along the way:

Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, the Corrs, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Nanci Griffith, Béla Fleck, James Galway, Emmylou Harris, Alison Kraus, the McGarrigles, Van Morrison, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Carlos Núñez, Ricky Skaggs, Sting, and others!

Scholarly liner notes written by Nashville’s Robert K. Oermann

(RCA Victor/Legacy/SonyBMG)
the first two-disc, 35-track anthology to draw from their output on Columbia in the 1970s, Claddagh in the ’80s, and RCA Victor in the ’90s and ’00s, as personally selected by original founding member Paddy Moloney, with over a dozen guest stars ranging from James Galway, the Corrs, Carlos Núñez, Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, and Béla Fleck, to Sting, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Van Morrison, Alison Kraus, Jackson Browne, the McGarrigles, and many others; compiled by Jerry Rappaport and Paddy Moloney, with liner notes written by Nashville’s Robert K. Oermann.


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Live From Dublin
Tribute To Derek Bell
Down the Old Plank Road
The Nashville Sessions
Further Down the
Old Plank Road
The Best Of
The Chieftains
The Essential Chieftains
2-CD Set
The Wide World Over
A 40 Year Celebration






Review by: EEHealy

Published by: Capital Celtic Network
Year Written: 2005-2006


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