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by Cortney Maddock
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Courtesy photo - The Chieftains play at the Grand Sierra Resort on Friday night.
Courtesy photo - The Chieftains play at the Grand Sierra Resort on Friday night.
The Chieftains are coming to town to play authentic Irish music in a post-season performance sponsored by Artown. The Celtic band will perform Friday at the Grand Sierra Resort.

The Chieftains, which formed in 1962 but started promoting in 1975, has made a name for itself as a traditional Irish band that has achieved mainstream success. The band’s performance also coincides with the weekend’s Celtic Festival.

The Reno Celtic Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at Bartley Ranch in Reno. The festival will include traditional music, festival games, dancers and food. For more information, visit

The Chieftains have navigated more than four decades of music, bringing an authentic style to modern mainstream music. Band members include front man Paddy Moloney who plays Uilleann pipes and the tin whistle, Matt Molloy who plays flute, Sean Keane who plays the fiddle and singer Kevin Conneff who also plays the bodhran.

As a band, the Chieftains have won six Grammys, including one for best traditional folk album for “Long Journey Home” in 1998. The group won another for “The Celtic Harp” in 1993. Other Grammys were won in 1996 for best world music album for “Santiago” as well in 1995 and two in 1992.

The Chieftains have stayed true to their cultural roots that inspire the band’s music, resulting in a very natural folk sound that eliminates any touches of modern pop music.

“Artown, held every year for the entire month of July, has always strived to present artists that may otherwise not visit Reno to expand the local horizons of art and culture while providing the community the opportunity to experience new genres of music, dance, theater and other art forms,” said Beth Macmillan, the executive director of Artown, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to have a world music group of the Chieftains’ caliber here especially at a time when we’ll be celebrating the culture of Ireland and Scotland at the annual Reno Celtic celebration.”

The Chieftains will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $35, $45 or $55 and can be purchased by visiting, or, at the Grand Sierra Resort box office or by phone at (800) 648-3568.

For more information on the Chieftains, visit

Additional post-season Artown performances include contemporary dance troupe Pilobolus on Nov. 20 and violinist Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva on Jan. 21.
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