October 18, 2021
Paddy Moloney

Paddy Moloney, founder of Irish band the Chieftains, dies at 83

Paddy Moloney, the founder of the standard Irish people band The Chieftains, has died at 83. No trigger of demise was given.

His demise was introduced and confirmed by the Irish Traditional Music Archive. “Paddy made an enormous contribution to Irish traditional music, song and dance,” the ITMA wrote in a tribute on their web site. “Few people can lay claim to having the level of impact Paddy Moloney had on the vibrancy of traditional music anywhere in the world.”

Paddy Moloney dies at 83. | Credit score: Steve Thorne/Redferns through Getty Photos

Moloney based The Chieftains in 1962 alongside Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy, taking part in the uilleann pipes and bodhrán. As a member of the group for greater than 60 years, he contributed closely to the Irish people music scene, main The Cheiftans round the world and bringing conventional Irish music to the forefront of tradition by manner of six Grammy awards and collaborations with artists equivalent to Mick Jagger, Luciano Pavarotti, Roger Daltrey, and Emmylou Harris. The Chieftains additionally collaborated on movie soundtracks equivalent to Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.

Outdoors of performing, Moloney additionally labored as a producer and managing director for the label Claddagh Data.

Paddy Moloney based The Chieftains. | Credit score: Susan Wooden/Getty Photos

Born and raised in Dublin, Moloney’s journey into Irish music started early when he taught himself methods to play music through a plastic tin whistle at age six. At age eight, he discovered the uilleann pipes and helped popularize the instrument in Eire and round the world.

“Once you get over the mechanics of it, you can really get into improvisation and you can start to see the music and out it comes,” Moloney informed NPR in a 2002 interview of his introduction to the instrument that may develop into a touchstone of his profession.

“Paddy, with his extraordinary skills as an instrumentalist, notably the uileann pipes and bodhrán, was at the forefront of the renaissance of interest in Irish music, bringing a greater appreciation of Irish music and culture internationally,” Irish President Michael D. Higgins wrote in a statement. “His work as a producer was a contribution of great integrity, undertaken to promote the music itself at a time when the commercial benefits of doing so were limited. His legacy will remain with us in the music which he created and brought to the world.”