Matt Molloy

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.[1][2]

Matt Molloy
Matt Molloy playing in a session at his pub in March 2000
Background information
Born (1947-01-12) January 12, 1947
Northern Ireland
Associated actsThe Bothy Band
The Chieftains
Irish Chamber Orchestra

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.[3] Molloy owns a pub on Bridge Street in Westport, County Mayo where there are regular Irish music sessions.[4]


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


  1. 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.
  2. The Ancient Times. Company of Fifers & Drummers, Inc. 1996. p. 26.
  3. Smith, Chris (11 March 2011). Celtic Back-Up. Mel Bay Publications. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-61065-619-1.
  4. Glatt, John (1997). The Chieftains: The Authorized Biography. Da Capo Press. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-306-80922-4.

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