Paddy Moloney

Aug 01, 1938
Oct 11, 2021

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From Wikipedia:

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.


Early life

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.

Musical career

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, Gangs of New York, and Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

As a session musician

He has done session work for Mike Oldfield, The Muppets, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting, Don Henley, and Stevie Wonder.

As a producer

Together with Garech de Brún (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. […]

Last updated on October 13, 2021


Recording "Rainclouds"

December 8th-9th, 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds

Albums, EPs & singles which Paddy Moloney contributed to

Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Contribution: Uilleann pipes • 1 songs

Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds

By Paul McCartney • 12" Single

Contribution: Uilleann pipes • 1 songs

Tug Of War - Archive Collection

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Uilleann pipes • 1 songs

The 7” Singles Box

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Contribution: Uilleann pipes • 1 songs


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