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Kelly, Tom

  • IE ITMA P00086
  • Person

McLaughlin, Dermot

  • IE ITMA P00075
  • Person
Dermot McLaughlin is fiddle player, promoter and producer. Both his parents were interested and active in music and culture: his father played harmonica, accordion, whistle and fiddle, his mother played piano. He played classical piano initially, taking part in the school orchestra and céilí band, and he and his brother Joe were taught fiddle by Tony Blace – once a member of David Curry’s band. Dermot began playing traditional music in the early 1970s, with maternal relations Denis Heaney and Paddy McMahon, Dolly 443 McCafferty as influences, but his main inspiration has been the music of Donegal, particularly the fiddle playing of John Doherty. He has also studied the repertoire and style of such as Con Cassidy, James Byrne, Francie Dearg O’Beirne and Mickey Golly. He has recorded on Fiddlesticks, and on James Byrne’s solo album. From 1986 until 1998 he was traditional music officer, then music officer, with the Arts Council in Dublin, and was involved in the setting up of Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and the ITMA. In 2003 he moved to promoting music with Temple Bar Cultural Trust. He has produced music for Claddagh, initiated the Temple Bar Trad Festival in Dublin, and scripted and presented The Raw Bar series for RTÉ 1 television. He is the chair of the Dublin International Dance Festival and of the ITMA.

Boyle, Finbar, 1951-2018

  • IE ITMA P00078
  • Person
  • 1951-2018
Boyle, Finbar. (1951– ). Singer, commentator. From Dundalk, Co. Louth, as a teenager, hearing The Dubliners germinated his interest in traditional singing, and local sessions in Mark’s Bar gave him a contiguous, supportive resource and platform. He taught for four years following college at St Patrick’s, Drumcondra, then worked with Dublin City Libraries prior to joining the Department of Folklore in UCD where he spent ten years. He became involved with the Tradition Club at Slattery’s, Dublin, c.1971 performing there regularly himself, and was one of the organisers of the Dublin Folk Festival in the later ’70s. He wrote reviews, critiques and commentaries on traditional music for In Dublin magazine over several years and researched music for RTÉ’s Sunday Folk radio show. Highly regarded for his detailed familiarity with all traditional musics, he programmed the Temple Bar Trad Festival from 2006 to 2008.

The Chieftains, 1962-2021

  • IE ITMA C00077
  • Corporate body
  • 1962-2021

The Chieftains were formed in 1962 when Garech Browne, owner of Claddagh Records, invited uilleann piper Paddy Moloney to form a group to record a once off album. The original members of the group were Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes and tin whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Potts (tin whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute) and David Fallon (bodhrán). The Chieftains the group’s first album was published by Claddagh Records in 1963. Seán Keane (fiddle) joined the band shortly after the release of their first album and in 1966 Peadar Mercier replaced David Fallon on bodhrán. The group went on to release two albums The Chieftains 2 (1969) and The Chieftains 3 (1971) with this line-up of musicians. Derek Bell met The Chieftains in 1972 and began his performance and recording career with the group in that year. The group continued to tour and record and three more albums followed The Chieftains 4 (1973), the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon (1975) and The Chieftains 5 (1975). In 1975 the group turned professional after a very successful concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London. In the early years of their professional career, from 1975 to 1977, The Chieftains were managed by impresario Jo Lustig who organised a number of international tours to the United Kingdom, North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Peadar Mercier retired from the group in 1976 and was replaced by Kevin Conneff who sang and played the bodhrán. The Chieftains’ sixth album, Bonaparte’s retreat (1976) was released in the same year and was the first to feature Conneff’s bodhrán playing. It was also the first time singing featured on a Chieftains album with a guest appearance by a then seventeen year old Dolores Keane. Two more albums followed in 1977 and 1978, The Chieftains 7 (1977) and The Chieftains 8 (1978). In 1979 both Michael Tubridy and Seán Potts decided to leave the band due to the strains of international travel. Tubridy went back to his job as an engineer and Potts to his job in the post office. Tubridy was replaced by flute player Matt Molloy in 1979 and this addition to the band was to be the final change in line-up until the death of Derek Bell in 2002. The first Chieftains album to feature this new line up was Boil the breakfast early: Chieftains 9 which was released in 1979.

The Chieftains continued to record extensively throughout the 1980s, 1990s and into the new millennium with nine albums released in the 1980s, fourteen in the 1990s and between the years 2000 and 2012 another seven albums were released.

The Chieftains have performed all over the world and for many famous individuals including American presidents, royalty and Pope John Paul II. They have also collaborated with numerous musical personalities including Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, The Rolling Stones, Luciano Pavarotti and many more. In 1983 The Chieftains famously toured China and were one of the first Western groups to perform on the Great Wall. This tour also saw them collaborate with Chinese musicians and resulted in their 1984 recording The Chieftains in China.

The Chieftains have received major recording and entertainment awards over the years. Their first award was a Canadian Genie in 1983 for film music for The grey fox . They were nominated for thirteen Grammy awards in total and won six during their most prolific recording period - two in 1993 for An Irish evening and Another country , one in 1994 for The Celtic harp , one in 1996 for Have I told you lately , one in 1997 for Santiago and one in 1998 for Long journey home .

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