Matt Molloy playing in a session at his pub in March 2000
|Born||12 January 1947|
Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon, Republic of Ireland
|Associated acts||The Bothy Band|
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Matt Molloy (born 12 January 1947) 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 nineteen. 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
- Back to the Island (2019)
- Contributing artist
- Wilson, David A. (1 March 1995). Ireland, a Bicycle, and a Tin Whistle. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-7735-1343-3.
- The Ancient Times. Company of Fifers & Drummers, Inc. 1996. p. 26.
- Smith, Chris (11 March 2011). Celtic Back-Up. Mel Bay Publications. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-61065-619-1.
- Glatt, John (1997). The Chieftains: The Authorized Biography. Da Capo Press. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-306-80922-4.