Coming here: The Chieftains, Feb. 27 at Walton Arts Center

One of the most famous Irish bands in all of Ireland, the universe, and the world is coming to town later this month.

The Walton Arts Center announced last week that six-time Grammy Award-winning Irish folk group The Chieftains are coming to Baum Walker Hall for a show on Feb. 27.

Since forming in 1962, the band has been named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors, performed during the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of more than 135 million people, performed on the great wall of China, and became the first group to play at the Capitol Building in Washington DC, among countless other achievements.

According to the press release, the band has re-arranged their live show a bit for their current tour.

“In 2011, The Chieftains’ performances could be better described as a Big Show or a Spectacular rather than a concert,” said frontman Paddy Moloney. “There will be upwards of 12 people on stage at all times, with additions of local musicians, special guests I’m not allowed to divulge, anywhere from 6 to 20 local dancers on a couple of pieces, and the Scottish pipe bands performing the “March to Battle.”

Tickets range from $46 to $72 and can be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479-443-5600 or by visiting