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The Chieftains The Chieftains is an Irish musical group founded in 1962, known for performing and popularizing Irish traditional music. In 1975, the group won an Academy Award for "Women of Ireland" from Stanley Kubrick's movie . Barry Lyndon
They have won six
Grammy Awards and have been nominated eighteen times. While the band's members have changed numerous times in the band's history, the following musicians comprise the core membership:
Maloney is certainly the band's leader, and composes much of the music which is not taken directly from tradtional sources. Derek Bell (Irish harp, keyboard instruments, oboe)
Kevin Conneff ( bodhrán, vocals)
Martin Fay ( fiddle, bones)
Seán Keane ( fiddle, tin whistle)
Peadar Mercier ( bodhrán, bones)
Matt Molloy ( flute, tin whistle)
Paddy Moloney ( uilleann pipes, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhrán)
Seán Potts ( tin whistle, bones, bodhrán)
Michael Tubridy ( flute, concertina, and tin whistle);
Kevin Conneff replaced Peadar Mercier in 1976. Derek Bell passed away on
October 17, 2002.
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