The Chieftains — who have been advancing the cause of traditional Irish music around the world for five decades — will bring their 50th anniversary tour to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Founded in 1962, at a time when vocalists known as “Irish balladeers” singing novelty numbers tended to represent Irish music in the minds of many, the Chieftains soon brought attention to a feistier, earthier style of band music including bagpipes, fiddle, tinwhistle and more.
Success was not instantaneous — the members of The Chieftains remained part-time musicians until 1975. But the group has long since assumed international superstar status, collaborating with a host of famous pop stars, but always retaining its Irish touch.
This tour includes tunes from the Chieftains’ new album, “Voice of Ages,” which includes contributions by young musicians and “like-minded kindred spirits” from today’s music scene. Special guests will be announced from the stage.
Tickets are $35-$68 general, $17.50-$34 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787.