Terrible news about Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains. The sound of Ireland for so long. Going to put on Another Country, one of the great Irish albums now.Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam uasal.
Since 1963, Paddy Moloney has been the leader of the popular Irish band The Chieftains. He has always loved traditional music, which he got from his parents, who have a deep musical tradition in their hometown of Rais County. His grandfather was a flute player, and his uncle belonged to the Ballyfin Pipe Band. His first instrument was a plastic tin flute.
At the age of 8, he began to learn how to play the uilleann pipe from the great wind instrument master Leo Rowsome. After leaving school, he found a job in Baxendales, a large construction company, as an accountant. Before The Chieftains appeared, Paddy participated in several groups and worked hard to develop his own unique voice. He often plays with other musicians in duets and trios. Musicians playing with him include Seán Potts, Michael Tubridy and Martin Fay.
Paddy met Seán Ó Ríada in the late 1950s, when he played with several people, and later joined Ceoltóirí Cualann in different clubs before joining Ríada’s orchestra in the early 1960s. Ceoltóirí Cualann’s other upcoming chiefs are Seán Potts, Martin Fay, Peadar Mercier and Mick Tubridy. In 1963, Paddy and one of his old friends, Dave Fallon, gathered the band together and produced a one-off album called-The Chieftains.
In 1968, Paddy left Baxendales to work for Garech a Brún’s fledgling record label Claddagh Records. Within seven years, he successfully established Klada’s catalog and market. While working in Cladda, he produced, co-produced or supervised 45 albums for Cladda label, including folk, traditional, classical, poetry and oral recordings.The artists he helped the public know include Paddy Taylor, Máire Ní Donnachadha, Seán Mac Donncha, Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, Sarah and Rita Keane, and Tommy Potts.
The writers he has worked with include Seámus Heaney, John Montague, Thomas Kinsella and several others. When Paddy left Claddagh in 1975, the brand had an extensive and diverse catalog.
For 35 years, Paddy has led The Chieftains and developed it into Ireland’s most famous music ambassador. He led the team to travel all corners of the world and collaborated with artists of different genres. In addition to leading The Chieftains, Paddy also completed a lot of personal work, appeared in many different types of albums, and composed many tunes.