Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chieftains to bring Celtic, modern music to IU Auditorium

"The Chieftains will be appearing at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the IU Auditorium. Playing a mix of traditional Celtic and modern music, the band has become one of the best-known Irish bands in the world.

Originally founded in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, the band’s roots are in traditional Celtic instrumental music. In the beginning the band only played the fiddle, flute, tin whistle and bodhran, which gave the music a rustic and traditional sound.

Before becoming well-known around the world, the band’s early followers were folk audiences.

Now in its 40th year, the band includes vocals and modern music. It has gained world recognition, garnering 18 Grammy nominations and six Grammy awards.

“The Chieftains attract people who are interested in having a fun night,” said IU Auditorium Events Manager Maria Talbert."

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