The Chieftains & Ry Cooder Play Four-Day Celtic Session in Saratoga

December 12th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

Irish folk music legends the Chieftains team up with guitar great Ry Cooder for four nights and three full days of music making, workshops, concerts, singing, dancing and great food at Saratoga Springs’ Gideon Putnam Resort from Monday-Friday, July 7-11.

The Chieftains and Cooder first recorded together back in 1995 on The Long Black Veil. More recently, they collaborated on the 2010 album San Patricio.

In addition to Cooder, Paddy Moloney and the rest of the Chieftains, “The Celtic Sessions” will also feature Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack, step dancer Cara Butler, fiddler Deanie Richardson, Irish harpist Triona Marshall, fiddler-step dancer Jon Pilatzke and others.

Registration is now open for “The Celtic Sessions” with prices beginning at $1,999 – which includes rooms, meals, a welcome kit and all workshops, sessions and concerts. No single-day tickets will be sold, although one concert at 8pm on Thursday, July 10 is scheduled to be open to the public.


LIVE: The Chieftains @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 2/17/11

February 21st, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg

During the Chieftains’ rousing finale at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last Thursday evening, my companion Steve leaned over to me and asked, “Where’s the kitchen sink?” And indeed, the sink seemed to be about the only thing missing…

The Chieftains started out a half century ago as an acoustic instrumental Celtic ensemble, but over the years, they’ve expanded in almost every direction. Despite the fact that only three of the band’s core members – flutist Matt Malloy, bodhran player Kevin Conneff and, of course, uilleann piper and bandleader Paddy Maloney – are onboard for their current U.S. tour, the stage was jam-packed for the finale – with more than three dozen people onstage, many of whom also danced their way up and down the aisles of the Music Hall on the tour’s opening night.

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Paddy Maloney, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

February 14th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
The Chieftains

The Chieftains

“I remember playing 78s on the old wind-up gramophone when I was five or six years old. I used to love that machine, and I still have it.

Those old 78s were the first albums that I ever bought, and I especially remember one by the Flanagan Brothers, who were a group from New York playing music with banjo and fiddle and accordion and all that. They played great polkas and sang a few songs, too.”

Bandleader and uilleann piper Paddy Maloney leads veteran Celtic band the Chieftains as they launch their U.S. tour at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Thursday. Tix are $48, $51, $58 and $69.

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