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The Chieftains
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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.

Kevin Conneff replaced Peadar Mercier in 1976. Derek Bell passed away on October 17, 2002.

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