The Chieftains Receive Lifetime Achivement Award
Paddy Maloney and the Chieftains will be first recipients of a National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, which is presented in association with the American Ireland Fund, will be bestowed at an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, 8 March.
Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall on Dublin’s Earlsfort Terrace, will present the award together with Kieran McLoughlin of the Worldwide Ireland Funds. In a statement, Taylor said, ‘For any group of musicians to stay together for fifty years is an amazing achievement — to perform at the level of the Chieftains for that time is unparalleled in Irish musical history. The National Concert Hall is the flagship of music in Ireland, bringing the world’s greatest musicians to our stage and providing a platform for Ireland’s finest artists. Peerless among these are Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains.’
The Chieftains were the first Irish traditional music group to perform at the National Concert Hall, two days after it opened in 1981. The Irish sculptor John Behan was commissioned to produce the award itself; Paddy Maloney and the Chieftains will receive a bronze-cast harp, set on a polished marble base.
Tickets to the event cost $150.
Published on 6 March 2012