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Since their humble beginnings in the folk clubs and bars of Ireland in the early '60s, The Chieftains have built a worldwide reputation and following based on their brilliant musicianship, their rediscovery and reinvention of traditional Irish music, and their own original music and Oscar-winning soundtracks. Based on exclusive interviews with all the band's members, their families and friends, this is the intimate and comprehensive history of one of the most acclaimed Irish bands of all time. photos.
The Chieftains, who perform on harp, bodhran (goat-skin drum), whistles, flutes, fiddles, pipes, drones and bones, have become world-famous for their revival of traditional Irish music. This comprehensive biography, based on interviews with band members, is a blow-by-blow account of the group's evolution from its early days in the 1960s, when they thought of their music-making as merely a hobby, to their superstar status in the 1990s. Starting with the guiding light of the group, gifted uilleann (elbow) pipes player Paddy Moloney, Glatt (Lost in Hollywood: The Fast Times & Short Life of River Phoenix) outlines each player's musical development and describes how the men have worked together over the years. He also emphasizes the influence of their many friends and collaborators, including Garech Browne, heir to the Guinness fortune, who recorded the original group in 1962 on Claddagh Records, and Jo Lustig, the audacious American who was their first manager. Throughout, the author stresses that, unlike many popular music stars, the Chieftains have remained unspoiled by success, stable as a group, devoted to their families and dedicated to their music. Photos not seen by PW.