(WBNG Binghamton) The Chieftains have collaborated with legends such as Sting, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and The Rolling Stones as well as past State Theatre performers The Punch Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Considered the world's most influential and successful traditional Irish band, they will make a stopover at the State Theatre of Ithaca on Tuesday, February 26 as part of their 22-city US tour, which includes only two shows in New York.
Founded in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, six-time Grammy Award winning group The Chieftains are best known for being one of the first bands to make traditional Irish music popular around the world. The band achieved the highest Billboard debut of its career in 2012 with 'Voice of Ages,' which Rolling Stone called "killer" and Billboard hailed as "momentous."
“After completing a successful 50th anniversary world tour, ending the year with an incredible tour of Japan where the shows were well received by sold-out crowds, we are re-energized and more excited than ever to tour the United States," says founder and leader Paddy Moloney. "I feel that the upcoming tour could hold some of our most exciting shows to date.”
Performing with The Chieftains will be the Finger Lakes Pipe Band, which was established in 2008 as a Grade-5 competition band under the leadership of Pipe Major Mark Cushing. They are dedicated to making music in the traditional Scottish pipe-band idiom & participate in concerts, parades, highland games & Gaelic/Celtic festivals throughout the Finger Lakes region.
The show is Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $62.50, $52.50, and $42.50 and are available at the State Theatre Box Office at 105 W. State/MLK Jr. St, online at www.stateofithaca.com, or by calling 607-277-8283. The State Theatre Box Office is open Tuesday - Friday 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.