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The Chieftains

Posted on 2007.01.27 at 16:12
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Saw the Chieftains, a Celtic group, on Wednesday. I'd never seen them live before. Ohmygod, they were utterly and completely fabulous! They played a very traditional program, which sometimes they don't do, and every piece was a delight of joyous virtuosity. I am still grinning from it. Not only were original members Paddy Maloney (uilleann pipes and tin whistle) and Matt Molloy (flute) and Kevin Conneff (bodhran and vocals) so skilled and such marvelous musicians but they were joined by some newcomers worth mentioning. They had a fiddle player, a lovely auburn-haired, ruddy-cheeked young man named Jon Pilatzke, who can't have been more than 25. He played fiddle like a dream (anyone who has read my stories about Elwin know that I have a thing for Celtic fiddle players). He also step-danced beautifully,(it's not fair to be so talented) along with his fabulous and even more attractive blond brother, Nathan Pilatzke. The two of them dancing was so much fun, both so loose and long-limbed. They had such a good sense of humor and friendly rivalry in their dancing. So much fun to watch. I do have a thing for lovely brothers. They were joined by the lissome Cara Butler who stepdanced with them. A great trio. They ended the concert by inveigling the audience to dance with them in one long line that snaked all around the concert hall.

And another all-woman group called Liadan performed, both with instruments and lovely vocals.

All in all, a fantastic evening.


phyncke at 2007-01-28 01:39 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds amazing. I love Celtic music. Sounds fantastic! *hurrah*
elfscribe5 at 2007-01-28 02:39 (UTC) (Link)
It was a great evening. Amazing that anyone can be so skilled at playing an instrument, let alone a whole group of people.
mirien at 2007-01-28 02:20 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds wonderful, I'm envious! Where did you see them?
elfscribe5 at 2007-01-28 02:44 (UTC) (Link)
If you get a chance to see them, don't pass it up. Here's their concert schedule: http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/chieftains_the/tours.jhtml
Milady Hawke
miladyhawke at 2007-01-28 07:07 (UTC) (Link)
Fan-fucking-tastic! That's wonderful! I'm really glad you had such a great time, and I know exactly what you mean - they've been my favorite traditional Irish band for more than half my life. I finally got to see them live in Philly two Paddy's Days ago myself. The venue was very posh though, so I'd like to see them somewhere where they let their hair down more.

Do you have their album "Film Cuts"? It's 10-12 or so years old unfortunately, but it features all the music they'd done for movies to that point. I could try ripping it if you'd be interested.
elfscribe5 at 2007-01-28 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Milady,
You're still about! I saw that you were organizing an Araleggo ficfest. Go you. You also like the Chieftains? I must admit, I'd heard them here and there, but don't own any of their CDs, I don't think. I'm going to have to get some. Just wish I had a video of that performance. Is "Film Cuts" still available?
Milady Hawke
miladyhawke at 2007-01-28 20:45 (UTC) (Link)
Yup, still hanging around :p Livejournal, I wish I knew how to quite you!

And I know! I'm as surprised as anyone that I'm back doing the A/L thing right now. The way that happened was that a good friend literally spent months coaxing me to run another ficathon, so much to my chagrin, that's what I'm doing. I'm pretty excited about it now though because I love organizing, and it's working out well with 20 authors already :) That's really good for the pairing these days.

Film cuts is indeed still available:

There's another album of theirs I have to recommend too:
The Long Black Veil. 'Mo Ghile Mear' with Sting is really gorgeous, as is 'The Lily of the West' with Mark Knopfler.
ennorwen at 2007-01-28 11:33 (UTC) (Link)

Since you like The Chieftains...

might I be so bold to offer another suggestion for your musical repetoire...A canadian band called "Great Big Sea." Very celtic influenced and fun and they sing songs of the sea and Newfoundland! We're very big on things "celtic" in our family and The Chieftains rank right up there! And... you do "have a thing for lovely brothers, huh? Who'd a thought?
elfscribe5 at 2007-01-28 19:36 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Since you like The Chieftains...

Sure, always love to hear about new groups. I don't know them. Sound good. Yeah, I bet you never guessed that I'm partial to a pair of gorgeous brothers. Ha.
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