Paddy Moloney (Irish: Pádraig Ó Maoldomhnaigh; born 1 August 1938) is an Irish musician, composer, and producer who is the founder and leader of the Irish musical group The Chieftains and has played on every one of their albums.
|Born||1 August 1938|
Donnycarney, Dublin, Ireland
|Genres||Traditional Irish music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, producer|
|Instruments||Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhrán|
|Years active||Early 1960s–present|
|Labels||With The Chieftains: Claddagh Records, Shanachie Records, Mercury Records, RCA Victor, Hear Music|
|Associated acts||Ceoltóirí Chualann, The Chieftains|
As a band musician
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, Gangs of New York, and Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.
As a session musician
- 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 4 August 2018 he was named a Commander of the Spanish Order of The Civil Merit.
- Hinckley, David (16 March 1997). "Beyond Tara's Halls The Nomadic Chieftains Fuel The Boom in Irish Music". The Daily News.
- Gary Moore"Celtic Champs Chieftains Take to the Road". Retrieved 2010-12-16.
- Lawrence, Joe (13 September 2012). "The Chieftains' Founder Paddy Maloney Honoured With Mexico's Highest Cultural Award". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Chieftain Founder Paddy Moloney Honoured by Mexican Govt". RTÉ News. RTÉ. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.