Paddy Moloney of Irish band The Chieftains dies at 83

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Paddy Moloney, the multi-instrumentalist who co-founded and directed the folk music group the Chieftains, has passed away at the age of 83.

As one of the oldest musical groups, the Chieftains have helped popularize traditional Irish folk music around the world.

The Irish Traditional Music Archives have announced the news. Irish President Michael D Higgins reflected on Moloney’s life, writing: “The Irish music community, and indeed the much wider community around the world which has found such inspiration in his work, will have learned with great sadness. today the passing of Paddy Moloney, founder and chief chef.

“Paddy, with his extraordinary skills as an instrumentalist, including the uileann pipes and bodhran, was at the forefront of the revival of interest in Irish music, bringing a greater appreciation to Irish music and culture. at the International scale. Not only as an accomplished musician himself, but as a founding member of Claddagh Records with Garech de Brun, he brought a love of Irish music not only to the Diaspora, but to all across the world who have heard his music and enjoyed it for his own good as he transcended all musical boundaries.

“His work as a producer was a contribution of great integrity, undertaken to promote music itself at a time when the commercial benefits of doing so were limited. His legacy will stay with us in the music he created and brought to the world.

The Dublin native started playing music at the age of six, mastering a plastic whistle his mother bought him. “I knew money was tight for us at the time and every shilling seemed like a fortune, but she got it for me anyway,” he said. The Guardian Last year. “I grew up in a family of musicians in this little cottage that looked like a palace at the time. We would sit and tell stories and play music every night. Music has become everything to me, even more important than eating.

Originally formed in 1962 with Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy, the Chieftains have helped a wider audience discover traditional Irish music, collaborating with artists such as Mick Jagger,Van Morrison, Sting. Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt, Roger Daltry, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and many more. Along with the group, he won six Grammy Awards out of 18 nominations.

Moloney remained the only original member of the group, touring and recording for nearly six decades with the group. The Chieftains have also contributed to film soundtracks, including that of Stanley Kubrick Barry lyndon, The year of the French and that of Martin Scorsese New York gangs, and Moloney also worked as a producer and general manager for the Claddagh Records label.

The band was loved by massive rock bands like The Stones and The Who, as evidenced by the band’s concert in 1992, Irish evening. The group invited Roger daltrey and Nanci Griffith on stage for a number of songs.

As cultural ambassadors, their performances have been linked to landmark historical events, such as being the first Western musicians to perform on the Great Wall of China, participating in Roger Water’s “The Wall” show in Berlin in 1990 and be the first ensemble to perform on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

Moloney is survived by his wife Rita O’Reilly and their three children: Aonghus, Padraig and Aedin.


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