As leading ambassadors of Ireland’s traditional music for half a century, the Chieftains have long been lauded for promoting and nurturing both folk and world music. Now they’re tackling the final frontier.
“The Chieftains in Orbit”, a song off their new album, “Voice of Ages”, was partially recorded aboard the International Space Station, on St. Patrick’s Day no less. The album was released last week as part of a celebration around the group’s 50th anniversary.
The song features astronaut Cady Coleman playing an Irish folk tune on a flute and tin whistle she borrowed from Chieftains founding member Paddy Moloney and flutist Matt Molloy before blastoff.