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For Immediate Release


Philadelphia, PA February 27, 2012: The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band (PESPB), Philadelphia’s only competitive Irish pipe and drum band, proudly announces their recent partnership with the legends of traditional Irish music, The Chieftains! PESPB will perform with The Chieftains on stage at the Kimmel Center (ticket info: www.kimmelcenter.org) in Philadelphia, PA during the folk band’s one and only area performance on Friday, March 9th at 8:00pm. PESPB Pipe Major, John Collins, had this to say about the partnership, “We are thrilled and honored to be performing with the legendary Chieftains. The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band enters its 39th year in 2012 and what better way to recognize, embrace and celebrate another milestone for the band than with this fantastic collaboration. We would like to thank The Chieftains for this incredible honor and we look forward to joining them at the Kimmel on March 9th.”

The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band was established in 1973 and is the oldest Irish pipe and drum band in the Delaware Valley. The band has performed in the Philadelphia area, as well as surrounding states, and on several occasions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The PESPB has marched in the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade every year since its founding. The band is a long standing member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association participating as a Grade 5 competition unit. The band participates in highland games and Irish feiseanna throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. The band is focused on growth and improvement while always accepting new members and offers lessons through qualified instructors. Practices are held at the Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center) in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia on Thursday nights. For more info: www.emeraldpipers.com.

The Chieftains, the world’s most celebrated traditional Irish band, will mark their 50th anniversary with the release of Voice of Ages on February 21st 2012 (Hear/Concord). An imaginative collaboration featuring a dazzling collection of like-minded musical visionaries and kindred spirits, Voice of Ages, produced by Paddy Moloney and T Bone Burnett, features The Chieftains teaming with stars from the worlds of indie-rock (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem), country and Americana (The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers), Irish and Scottish folk (Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, Paolo Nutini) and more. “With 50 years of glorious music behind us,” Paddy Moloney says, “I can think of nothing more exciting than to spend another 50 years collaborating with the best voices of the future.”

Founded in 1962, winners of 6 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award, The Chieftains: founder and leader Paddy Moloney (Uilleann pipes, tin whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle) and Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), have popularized traditional Irish music world-wide during their astonishing 50 year career. Over the years, some of the biggest names in music have worked with the legendary band: Sting, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and The Rolling Stones among many others. Voice of Ages is a bold affirmation that their inspiring influence, musical brilliance and enduring legacy are more relevant than ever. www.thechieftains.com.