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Paddy (*83*), Irish music legend and Chieftains frontman, dead at 83


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Paddy (*83*), the legendary tin whistle participant and co-founder of the Chieftains, died Tuesday. He was 83.

The Irish music icon’s passing was confirmed by the Irish Traditional Music Archive. However, an official reason behind demise has not been revealed.

“The Irish music community, and indeed the much larger community throughout the world who found such inspiration in his work, will have learnt with great sadness today of the passing of Paddy Moloney, founder and leader of the Chieftains,” mentioned Irish President Michael D. Higgins said in a statement. “His legacy will remain with us in the music which he created and brought to the world.”

The native of Donnycarney — a suburb north of Dublin, Ireland — was famously a self-taught musician. He as soon as mentioned that when his mother first gifted him his signature instrument at 6 years outdated, it opened an entire new world for him.

“Because it gives you great insight into instruments and formation of scales and that kind of stuff,” (*83*) told NPR in 2002. “But also the other beauty of this little tin whistle is that once you get over the mechanics of it, you can really get into improvisation, and you can start to see the music and out it comes.”

Portrait of Irish musician Paddy Moloney, one of the founding members of the band the Chieftains, as he plays a pennywhistle, June 1973.
Portrait of Irish musician Paddy (*83*), one of many founding members of the band the Chieftains, as he performs a pennywhistle, June 1973.
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When he co-founded the Chieftains in 1962 with Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy, he didn’t count on it to grow to be a full time profession, he instructed the outlet in 1975. He merely needed to seek out the correct musicians to hitch him in utilizing conventional strategies to get “into the guts” of Irish folks requirements.

After signing to American label Island Records in 1973, the Chieftains gained substantial US fame. His group went on the earn six Grammys — out of a whopping 18 nominations — for a physique of labor that helped introduce the lots to the Irish diaspora whereas collaborating with mainstream superstars starting from Mick Jagger to Luciano Pavarotti.

He and The Chieftains additionally contributed to movie soundtracks, together with Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” and Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.”

At the time of his demise, (*83*) was the one authentic member of the band, racking up six a long time of touring and recording. In later years, he additionally worked as a producer and managing director for the label Claddagh Records.

“[He] made an enormous contribution to Irish traditional music, song and dance,” the Irish Traditional Music Archive posted in tribute. “Few people can lay claim to having the level of impact Paddy Moloney had on the vibrancy of traditional music throughout the world. What a wonderful musical legacy he has left us.”

(*83*) is survived by his spouse, artist Rita O’Reilly, and his kids Aonghus, Pádraig and Aedín.

Paddy Moloney of the Irish band the Chieftains poses with the Grammy he and the band won in the Best World Music Album catagory for "Santiago" at the 39th Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden
Paddy (*83*) of the Irish band the Chieftains poses with the Grammy he and the band gained within the Best World Music Album catagory for “Santiago” at the 1997 Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.
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