Paddy Moloney (stage name of Pádraig Ó Maoldomhnaigh), born August 1, 1938 and died October 12, 2021 in Dublin, is an Irish musician and one of the founders of the Irish music group The Chieftains; he participated in each of the group's albums.
Paddy Moloney was born in Donnycarney, a suburb of Dublin (Ireland). His mother bought him his first tin whistle when he was six, and he began learning uilleann pipes at the age of eight. He also plays the diatonic accordion and the bodhrán.
At the end of the 1950s, he met Seán Ó Riada, and joined the Ceoltóirí Chualann group a few years later. In 1959, with Garech de Brun (anglicized as Garech Browne), from Luggala, he created the Claddagh Records label. He became its producer in 1968, and supervised the recording of forty-five albums.
During his career, he organized work sessions for Mike Oldfield, The Muppets, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting and Stevie Wonder.
He is the principal composer and arranger of performances and creations of The Chieftains, and he has also composed works for scores of films such as Treasure Island, Agnes Browne, The Gray Fox, and Gangs of New York.
Notes and references
Music Resources: Discogs (en) AllMusic (en) Carnegie Hall (en) MusicBrainz (en) Muziekweb (en) Rate Your Music (en) Songkick
Audiovisual resource: (en) Internet Movie Database
Paddy Moloney interviewed on Chiff & Fipple
Paddy Moloney on Musicbrainz
Siobhán O'Brien album "Songs I Grew up to" Paddy Moloney playing uilleann pipe, tin whistle and low whistle in “The Lakes of Ponchartrain” and “Long Black Veil“. World Music Portal Ireland Portal