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CH-1792 Cordast
Tel +41 (0)26 684 16 45 (nachmittags)
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14.10.2021 Der am 1. August 1938 in Dublin geborene irische Musiker, Bandleader und Komponist Paddy Moloney (irisch: Pádraig Ó Maoldomhnaigh) ist am 11. Oktober 2021 ebenda gestorben. Er spielte Tin Whistle (Blechflöte), Uilleann Pipes (den irischen Dudelsack), Knopfharmonika und Bodhrán (irische Rahmentrommel). Mit zwölf Jahren gewann Moloney die All Irish Championship in der Sparte Uilleann Pipes. Er spielte in diversen Bands (u.a. The Three Squares), bevor er 1962 The Chieftains gründete, die auf dem ganzen Globus unzählige Fans hatten. Neben seiner Führungsrolle bei den Chieftains war Paddy Moloney an zahlreichen musikalischen Projekten beteiligt. Er wirkte an Aufnahmen von Mick Jagger, Mike Oldfield, Midge Ure, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Mike McGear, Alan Stivell, Christy Moore, Don Henley, Värttinä und Roger Waters (The Wall in Berlin) mit. Er schrieb die Musik für Filme wie "Tristan und Isolde" (Verfilmung mit Richard Burton), "The Year of the French", "The Ballad of the Irish Horse", "The Grey Fox", "Treasure Isle" (Die Schatzinsel, Neuverfilmung), "Far and Away" (In einem fernen Land), "Agnes Browne", "Das malvenfarbene Taxi" (Le Taxi mauve) sowie "Gods and Generals". 1988 erhielt Moloney den Ehrendoktortitel des Trinity College Dublin für seine musikalischen Verdienste um die Republik Irland.*

Bild: Paddy Moloney (links) mit Bob Dylan, 2009 - Foto: Dean+Barb, https://www.flickr.com/photos/barbanddean/ - https://www.flickr.com/photos/barbanddean/3375347489/ - Lizenz: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en - Datei: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bob_Dylan%2BPaddy_Moloney.jpg 

The Chieftain’s family mourns the loss of our Paddy Moloney.

Paddy had so much more music to share and stories to tell. We were lucky we had him for as long as we did.


Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains founder, dies aged 83

The Irish Traditional Music Archive said Mr Moloney made an enormous contribution to Irish traditional music, song and dance, and has left a wonderful musical legacy.

Paying tribute to one of its founding members, Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers, described Mr Moloney as "a giant of a figure in Irish life".

"Paddy Moloney was a wonderful piper, an incredibly creative musician and a powerful performing artist," said NPU chief executive Gay McKeon.

"He helped popularise Irish music all over the world and in doing so, brought the sound of the uilleann pipes to the attention of so many.

Arts Council Chair Prof. Kevin Rafter said: "Paddy Moloney's unique style of uilleann piping is one of the most instantly recognisable sounds of Ireland.

From his early days with Ceoltóiri Chualann, his founding of Claddagh Records with Garech de Brún, to the groundbreaking and award-winning music with The Chieftains, Paddy has been a constant in our lives for decades and has been instrumental in bringing our rich traditional music to audiences across the globe."

Sinéad Crowley


The acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, who was from Dublin, was a leading contributor to the revival of Irish folk and traditional music. The Chieftains became one of the best-known Irish traditional groups in the world, winning six Grammys. The Irish government formally acknowledged them as cultural ambassadors in 1989.

Deidre Falvey, Sarah Burns


Irish Examiner view: Legacy of legend

Their advocacy for the artform and relentless work ethic won them a reputation as cultural ambassadors – being formally acknowledged as such in 1989 by the Irish government, as well as winning a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 BBC Folk Awards, and six Grammy awards.


Moloney was a giant of the scene

With six Grammy wins, few musicians can count The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Luciano Pavarotti, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull and Sinead O’Connor among their collaborators

Superlatives are all too readily applied these days, but Paddy Moloney truly was a giant of music.

John Meagher


Paddy Moloney: Irish president leads tributes after death of Chieftains founder

President Higgins said people around the world inspired by Mr Moloney's music "will have learnt with great sadness" of his passing.

He said Mr Moloney's "extraordinary skills" were at the forefront of the renaissance of interest in Irish music.

"He brought a love of Irish music not just to the diaspora, but to all those across the world who heard his music and appreciated it for its own sake as it transcended all musical boundaries," he said.

Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Micheál Martin thanked Mr Moloney for his "massive contribution to the life of our nation".

"The term 'legend' is regularly overused, but hard to think of any other way to describe this giant of Irish music and culture," he said.


Paddy Moloney obituary

Paddy Moloney, who has died aged 83, was a founder and the leader of the Chieftains, a band that made Irish traditional music famous across the globe. A composer, arranger of traditional music and innovative musician on the tin whistle and the uilleann pipes, Moloney was a towering influence in Irish music for more than six decades. His ambition for the band and his love of music led to a long series of collaborations on stage and on record with a wide variety of performers, some from the pop and rock world and others who made traditional music from a variety of cultures.

Derek Schofield


Paddy Moloney, Piper Who Led Revival of Irish Music, Dies at 83

The Chieftains, the band he fronted for nearly 60 years, toured the world, collaborated with rock stars and helped spark a musical renaissance.

Richard Santomir


Irish folk music legend

Moloney was a hugely important fixture in the Irish folk music scene. For more than 50 years, Moloney led The Chieftains around the world, popularizing traditional Irish music. The band also collaborated with countless artists and groups from outside of the folk-music world, including Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey, Emmylou Harris, and Luciano Pavarotti. Their last show was an early St. Patrick's Day celebration in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2020, before the pandemic forced them to cancel the remainder of their "Irish Goodbye" tour.

Andrew Limbong


Le fondateur des Chieftains, l'Irlandais Paddy Moloney est mort

Le joueur de cornemuse Paddy Moloney, membre fondateur des Chieftains est mort à l'âge de 83 ans. L'Irlandais était connu dans le monde entier pour sa musique et ses collaborations avec des stars.

Aurélie Lagain


Addio a Paddy Moloney, ambasciatore del rinascimento musicale irlandese

Il ricordo del cofondatore dei Chieftains ci riporta agli anni del secondo folk revival, e alla fortissima coscienza musicale irlandese.

Francesco Brusco


Der herausragende Instrumentalist Paddy Moloney ist im Alter von 83 Jahren gestorben. Mit seiner Band The Chieftains machte er traditionelle irische Musik weit über sein Heimatland hinaus populär.

Sein Tod war selbst dem Präsidenten Irlands ein offizielles Statement wert: Paddy Moloney, Gründer und Anführer der irischen Band The Chieftains verstarb am Dienstag im Alter von 83 Jahren. The Chieftains hatten in den Sechzigerjahren begonnen, traditionelle irische Musik zu machen und es damit zu Weltruhm geschafft.



Der 83-Jährige machte mit seiner sechsfach Grammy-prämierten Band irische Musik massentauglich



Paddy’s piping, whistle playing and musicianship was central to the sound of The Chieftains and his single-minded dedication as an artist and as a collaborative producer drove the group to stellar heights all over the world and brought enormous pride and self-confidence to Ireland as a result.


So sorry to hear of the passing of fellow Irish Musician Paddy Maloney. He was a great musical talent, we shared many laughs together and his legacy will endure.

Van Morrison


"Paint a picture, Paddy!" Remembering Paddy Moloney, co-founder of The Chieftains, who passed away yesterday. Rest in peace, Paddy, dear friend.

Roger Daltrey


It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of my very good friend and colleague, Paddy Maloney. A man with a vision and passion on bringing traditional Irish music to the masses for which we are forever indebted to. Such wonderful memories for which I shall always cherish.

Sir James Galway


RIP Paddy Moloney - folk music's greatest ambassador has left us

Hans Theessink


Audios / Videos:

-> Legends: The Chieftains | BBC Four Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVknWi9Li7E&t=19s <-

The Chieftains - O'Sullivan's March


WGBH Music: The Chieftains "Opening Medley" Live from WGBH


The Chieftains Women Of Ireland 06 04 76 Old Grey Whistle Test


Concerto de The Chieftains en Ortigueira 2014 con Phil Cunninghan, Milladoiro e a Escola de Gaitas


The Chieftains - Sense of Place Session (Recorded Live for World Cafe, 2018)


The Chieftains - March to Battle - Oslo 2018


Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle & The Chieftains - Behind Blue Eyes


Paddy Moloney Last Moments on stage | Heartbreaking video | Try Not To Cry











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