Matt Molloy

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Matt Molloy playing in a session at his pub in March 2000
Matt Molloy's Pub in Bridge Street, Westport

Matt Molloy (born 12 January 1947, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon) is an Irish musician, from a region known for producing talented flautists. As a child, he began playing the flute and won the All-Ireland Flute Championship at only nineteen years old. Considered as one of the most brilliant Irish musicians[by whom?], his style that adapts piping techniques to the flute has influenced many contemporary Irish flute players.

During the 1970s, Molloy was a member of The Bothy Band and its successor, the re-founded Planxty. He joined The Chieftains in 1979, replacing Michael Tubridy. Over the course of his career, Molloy has worked with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin and Dónal Lunny.

Molloy owns a pub on Bridge Street in Westport, County Mayo where there are regular Irish music sessions.


Solo Albums
  • Matt Molloy with Donal Lunny (1976)
  • Molloy, Brady, Peoples (1978)
  • Contentment Is Wealth (1985)
  • Heathery Breeze (1985)
  • Stony Steps (1987)
  • The Fire Aflame (1992)
  • Music at Matt Molloy's (1993)
  • Shadows on Stone (1996)
  • The West Ocean String Quartet (with Matt Molloy):The Guiding Moon (2007)
  • Pathway to the Well (2007) Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn
Contributing artist

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