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On with the show! - Feature Stories
September 2012 Issue
Just days after The Chieftains released their 50th anniversary album last February, they packed the house at The Classic Center with their Grammy Award-winning brand of traditional Irish music. Band founder Paddy Moloney kept the chatty banter as fast as his uillean pipes, and Irish dancers—both long-time Chieftains dancer Cara Butler and a troupe of young, sprightly and slightly starstruck-looking local guest dancers—occasionally thundered across the stage in a sequined blur. Athens residents Alan and Heather Dean were there on date night, a rare treat for the parents of a young child. “It was great,” Heather Dean says. “I loved hearing (Moloney’s) stories, just hearing him talk, and that the band had such interesting stories themselves. It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole show that was entertaining… It was just really nice to see someone we admired on our home turf. We didn’t have to travel anywhere. If they were playing in Atlanta, we wouldn’t have gone. It was …
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