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 seventeen years old. Considered as one of the most brilliant Irish musicians , 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