June 12, 2000
"It's a musical tour of Ireland. This year, we will also have special guest dancers, who will perform the old style of house dancing," said Paddy Moloney, founder of The Chieftains 36 years ago in Dublin.
There are many different variations of house dancing that the Irish people have danced for the past 300 years, according to Moloney. Several will be performed. Donny Golden, Cara Butler, and Cabriel Donohue will headline the dance performances which will include step dancing, as seen in Riverdance. Mairin Fahy, an Irish fiddler, and Yvonne McMahon, a vocalist, will also perform with the Chieftains.
The Chieftains' members are Paddy Moloney, Uilleann pipe; Martin Fay, fiddle; Sean Keane, fiddle; Derek Bell, harp; Kevin Conneff, bodhran; and Matt Molloy, flute.
The group has six Grammy Awards, was nominated for 17, and received an Oscar for their music in 1976.
Moloney attended his son's graduation in aerospace engineering from MIT last week in Boston. He said that if his son is hired by Boeing, the Chieftains may appear more frequently in Seattle. His daughter is a performer and another son is an archeologist in Ireland.
Tickets are $49.59 and $32.50. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, or purchase from the wine shop at Chateau Ste. Michelle.
The Summer on the Green series at Chateau Ste. Michelle actually begins this Friday with the sold-out performance of Natalie Merchant. The concert series continues through September 9. Check with Ticketmaster for other concerts.