The original Chieftains line-up - Paddy Moloney (1 August 1938, Donnycarney, Dublin, Eire; uillean pipes, tin whistle), Seán Potts (b. 1930; tin whistle), Michael Tubridy (b. 1935, Kilrush, Clare, Eire; flute, concertina, tin whistle) and Martin Fay (b. 1938, Dublin, Eire; fiddle) - met in the late 50s as members of Ceoltóirí Cualann, a folk orchestra led by Seán Ó Ríada. Teaming up with bodhrán player Dave Fallon, the quartets first album on the Claddagh label, The Chieftains, released in 1963, introduced their skilled interpretations of traditional Celtic tunes. However, they chose to remain semi-professional, and further recordings were sporadic. Despite their low-key approach, the Chieftains became established as leading exponents of Irish music. Newcomers Seán Keane (b. 12 July 1946; fiddle), Peadar Mercier (b. 1914, Eire; bodhrán, bones) and Derek Bell (b. 21 October 1935, Belfast, Northern...
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