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February 10, 2014
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Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 10, 2014 – Celtic music pioneers The Chieftains take the stage for the first time at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. for a spirited St. Patrick’s Day celebration that captures the profound beauty of the Emerald Isle. For more than fifty years, these six-time Grammy Award winners have uncovered centuries of Irish song and made these traditional works their own through the inimitable style that has won them countless fans throughout the decades and their iconic sound has become synonymous with the revival of traditional Irish music. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

            This concert will see The Chieftains performing hits from the band’s critically acclaimed albums, including 2010’s “San Patricio” and 2012’s “Voice of Ages,” as well as the Grammy Award-winning 1995 album, “Long Black Veil,” featuring many songs that have not been performed in more than a decade. One of these, the suite from “The Long Journey Home,” including “Shenandoah” and “Anthem,” will feature a local choral group who will accompany The Chieftains onstage.

Among the songs on the program will be “The Troublemaker’s Jig,” a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela composed by The Chieftains’ founder and leader, Paddy Moloney. The song is confirmed to appear in an upcoming documentary on the iconic South African leader. The Chieftains will also perform “Bochas” or “Song of Hope,” which Moloney performed at Ground Zero in New York in the weeks following 9/11.

“We’ll be revisiting our roots and incorporating some of our early traditional pieces from back when our journey began 52 years ago,” Moloney says. “We’ll also add to the group a young fiddle champion and an award-winning guitarist, both from Ireland.”

Founded in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains were handpicked from the top ranks of folk musicians in Ireland. Moloney intended for the band to record just one instrumental album, but the band reunited again several years later and officially began performing together full time in 1975. In the early years, the band performed almost exclusively to a folk music fan base, but over time, these gifted musicians captured the attention of a much larger audience, and quickly became the most renowned Irish band in the world. Throughout the years, The Chieftains have collaborated with a brilliant and diverse collection of artists from across genres: The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Sting, Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Doc Watson, Madonna and Pavarotti; the band also recently recorded with such rising stars as The Decemberists, The Punch Brothers, Bon Iver and The Pistol Annies on their 2012 album, “Voice of Ages.” The Chieftains have performed for Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II, and were the first Western group to perform a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (at the request of former Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill).

The Chieftains current lineup includes Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes and tin whistle), Kevin Conneff (bodhran and vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Jon Pilatzke (fiddle and dancing), Triona Marshall (harp and keyboards), Tara Breen (fiddle and saxophone), Tim Edey (guitar and mandolin), Alyth McCormack (vocals and percussion), Cara Butler (dance) and Nathan Pilatzke (dance).

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Tickets for THE CHIEFTAINS are $60, $52 and $30. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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