The Embassy of Ireland along with the Consulate General of Ireland, Wyeth Nutrition and Culture Ireland have brought the Chieftains to China.
The Chieftains are a traditional Irish band formed in Dublin in November 1962. The band’s music is almost entirely instrumental and focused on the uilleann pipes, Ireland’s national bagpipes. Over the decades, Chieftain’s music has become almost synonymous with traditional Irish music.
The band’s initial members were Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy. Moloney still plays in the band today, along with Sean Keane, Kevin Conneff and Matt Molloy.
The Chieftains became popular in the US when they started releasing their records on the American market in the 1970s. They worked on the Academy-Award winning soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film Barry Lyndon.
But their work achieved global success with the release of their 1988 album Irish Heartbeat. They subsequently collaborated with many famous musicians including Madonna, Rolling Stones and Luciano Pavarotti.
In 1989, the Irish government awarded them the honorary title of “Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors.”
The band has won six Grammy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2002. In 2012, they celebrated their 50th anniversary with the release of the record Voice of Ages.
The band played on November 17 at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and on November 18 at the Shanghai Symphony Hall.