Paddy Moloney ( 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 lifePaddy 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 careerIn addition to the tin whistle and the Uilleann pipes, Paddy Moloney also plays button accordion and bodhrán.
As a band musician
Ceoltóirí ChualannIn the late 1950s he met Seán Ó Riada and joined his group Ceoltóirí Chualann in the early 1960s.
The ChieftainsAlong 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 musicianHe has done session work for Mike Oldfield, The Muppets, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting, Don Henley, and Stevie Wonder.
As a producerTogether 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.
Personal lifeHe is married to artist Rita O'Reilly and has three children, Aonghus Moloney, Padraig Moloney, and actress producer Aedin Moloney. He is a fluent speaker of the Irish language.
Awards and honoursOn 13 September 2012, Moloney received Mexico's Ohtli Award, the country's highest cultural award.
On 4 August 2018 he was named a Commander of the Spanish Order of The Civil Merit.