Irish folk group to perform

Paddy Maloney, in his charmingly lilting Irish accent, gave a rundown of a list of performers who will be joining The Chieftains on stage this weekend in Atlanta.

"We have a big show as always, these days," said Maloney, who founded the Irish traditional folk group in Dublin in the early 1960s. "We have some young blood to give it a bit of a move on, keeping us on our toes."

The official musical ambassadors of Ireland, The Chieftains will bring their more than 40 years of music experience to the Fox Theatre on Saturday.

The current lineup of The Chieftains includes Ireland natives Kevin Conneff on bodhran, an Irish frame drum, and vocals, Sean Keane on fiddle and Matt Molloy on flute. Maloney, who founded the group, will play the uillean pipes, the national bagpipes of Ireland, an instrument he took up at the age of 10, after learning to play the tin whistle at 6.

Along with an infusion of instrumental musical talent, Tara Butler, who Maloney called the "princess of dance," will perform, along with a special guest and singer from Lewis Island on the west coast of Scotland.

"(There will be a) fair amount of variety but still not getting away from what we really are as traditional Irish music," Maloney said. "It's not just a sit down, play music performance."

SideBar: If You Go

· What: The Chieftains in concert

· When: 8 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta

· Cost: $31.50 to $49.50

· For more information: Visit www.foxtheatre.org