1 August 1938 |
Donnycarney, Dublin, Ireland
||Traditional Irish music
||Musician, composer, producer
||Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhrán
||With The Chieftains: Claddagh Records, Shanachie Records, Mercury Records, RCA Victor, Hear Music
||Ceoltóirí Chualann, The Chieftains
Paddy Moloney (Irish: Pádraig Ó Maoldomhnaigh; born 1 August 1938) is the founder and leader of the Irish musical group The Chieftains and has played on every one of their albums.
Paddy Moloney was born in Donnycarney, Dublin, Ireland. His mother bought him a tin whistle when he was six and he started to learn the Uilleann pipes at the age of eight.
In addition to the tin whistle and the Uilleann pipes, Paddy Moloney also plays button accordion and bodhrán.
As a band musician
In the late 1950s he met Seán Ó Riada and joined his group Ceoltóirí Chualann in the early 1960s.
Along with Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy, Paddy Moloney formed the traditional Irish band The Chieftains in Dublin in November 1962. As the band leader, he is the primary composer and arranger of much of the Chieftains' music, and has composed for films including Treasure Island, The Grey Fox, Braveheart, and Gangs of New York.
As a session musician
He has done session work for Mike Oldfield, The Muppets, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting and Stevie Wonder.
As a producer
Together with Garech de Brun (anglicised to Garech Browne) of Luggala, he founded Claddagh Records in 1959. In 1968 he became a producer for the label and supervised the recording of 45 albums.
He is married to artist Rita O'Reilly and has three children, Aonghus Moloney, Padraig Moloney and actress producer Aedin Moloney.
- Paddy Moloney and others - The Drones and Chanters: Irish Pipering (1971)
- Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts - Tin Whistles (1974)
- Silent Night: A Christmas in Rome (1998)
- John Montague & Paddy Moloney - The Wild Dog Rose (2011)
Awards and honours
On 13 September 2012, Moloney received Mexico's Ohtli award, the country's highest cultural award.