Emerald Guile

Exploring a variety of the world's folk traditions with daring aplomb, the Chieftains continue to draw on a musical well that looks as if it may never run dry

In the service of rescuing that music and keeping their own performance spontaneous, Moloney relays a special request.

"We want to bring some of your own musicians up with us during the show. Now, make sure you tell your local musicians, anyone who plays Celtic folk music, to come down to the venue [Scottsdale Center for the Arts] for the sound check. Tell them to come down to the venue and bring their instruments and we'll get it all sorted out beforehand. Can you do that?" Done. "Wonderful! Oh, that's great! Oh, we're looking forward to it."

Looking forward through the past; if it's not the Chieftains' only gift, it may well be their most extraordinary one.

The Chieftains, from left, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney, Kevin Conneff, Sean Keane, Derek Bell (in front) and Martin Fay.
The Chieftains, from left, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney, Kevin Conneff, Sean Keane, Derek Bell (in front) and Martin Fay.

The Chieftains are scheduled to perform two shows on Tuesday, January 23, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, with Joan Osborne, and Natalie MacMaster. Showtimes are 5 and 8 p.m.

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