The Chieftains are a Grammy winning Irish musical band established in the year 1962, well known for being among the first bands to make Irish traditional music popular around the world. The band's name came from the book ‘Death of a Chieftain’ by written by an Irish author named John Montague. Assisted early on by Garech Browne, they signed with his company named Claddagh Records. They needed monetary success abroad, and succeeded in this, as within a few years their 3rd album's sleeve note section was printed in 3 languages. The band has introduced several albums of instrumental Irish folk music, as well as multiple collaborations with famous musicians of several types, including Country music, Galician traditional music, Cape Breton, Newfoundland music and rock and roll.
They have appeared with Luciano Pavorotti, the Rolling Stones, Ultravox, Carlos Nez, Van Morrison, Ashley MacIssac, Glass Tiger, Bela Fleck, Siobhn O'Brien and numerous Country-western artists, including Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and others. In the May 1986 they appeared at Self Aid, a benefit concert held in Dublin that concentrated on the problem of chronic unemployment which was widespread in Ireland at that time. In the year 1994 they appeared in Roger Daltrey's production, album and video of ‘A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who’. The front covers of their first 4 albums were designed by Edward Delaney.