The Chieftains and Paddy Moloney

The Chieftains are a traditional Irish folk band who have been performing for nearly 60 years. Paddy Moloney was one of their founding members, and died in hospital on 12th October. He has received widespread tributes, including from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins:

“The Irish music community, and indeed the much larger community throughout the world who found such inspiration in his work, will have learned with great sadness today of the passing of Paddy Moloney. […] Paddy, with his extraordinary skills as an instrumentalist, notably the uilleann pipes and bodhrán, was at the forefront of the renaissance of interest in Irish music, bringing a greater appreciation of Irish music and culture internationally.”

In my opinion some of their best work was produced with other World renowned artists, of which the performance below with Sinead O’Connor is an exceptional example:

For more on the history of the Chieftains see:

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