February 12, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
The Chieftains

The Chieftains and Friends:The Irish Goodbye

with special guest Séan McCann

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The Chieftains
Music Roots music Folk

2019 marks 57 years since The Chieftains began their illustrious journey. Since 1962 the six-time Grammy Award winners have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale.

To celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2012, The Chieftains once again invited friends from all musical styles to collaborate on their most recent album, Voice of Ages. Featuring some of modern music’s fastest rising artists (Bon Iver, The Decemberists and Paolo Nutini among them), this album is proof that their music transcends not only stylistic and traditional boundaries, but generational as well. This same year they were awarded the inaugural National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award by The American Ireland Fund.

After fifty-seven years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day.

Featuring The Ottawa Celtic Choir directed by Dr. Ellen MacIsaac, the Connie Blaney Memorial Youth Pipe Band, dancers from the Sue Fay Healy Irish Dance Studio


Séan McCann bought his first guitar in 1989 which he affectionately calls “Old Brown”. Old Brown has been around. He was there for the first song Séan ever wrote. He was there as Séan founded Great Big Sea, the acclaimed and multi-million album selling band that would change his life.

video: WGBH Music: The Chieftains
WGBH Music: The Chieftains "Opening Medley" Live from WGBH
The Chieftains
Séan McCann
The Ottawa Celtic Choir