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With their trademark chamber-folk sound, the Chieftains have become the premier ambassadors of traditional Irish music. Still going strong after over 30 years, the Chieftains have played everywhere from the United States to mainland China and have produced a series of recordings that have expanded on their Irish heritage. Recent years have seen the Chieftains collaborate with country musicians on Another Country, Galician folk artists on Santiago, and the likes of Ry Cooder, Sting, Sinþad O’Connor, and the Rolling Stones on The Long Black Veil. Tears of Stone, the Chieftains’ latest CD, features the lads collaborating with women performers from the United States, Canada, Japan, and Norway. Particularly striking is Sinþad O’Connor’s interpretation of the traditional ballad “Factory Girl”; she exhibits perfect control in a subtly powerful performance. Bonnie Raitt gives “A Stþ0r Mo Chroþ/” a bluesy flavor, and the Rankins contribute sweet Gaelic harmonies to “Jimmy Mþ0 Mhþ/le Stþ0r.” Jazz vocalist Diana Krall contributes a sultry and radical reworking of “Danny Boy” to close out the album. Even those who swear they’ve heard that song way too many times must give this version a listen. Tonight’s concert will feature special guests fiddler Eileen Ivers and the Washington Performing Arts Society Men & Women of the Gospel Mass Choir. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. $20-55. (202) 467-4600. (Ken Roseman)