Paddy Moloney, founder of the Irish folk band The Chieftains, has died. The Irish musician died at the age of 83, the Irish Traditional Music Archive announced on Tuesday. No cause of death was named.
Moloney was the main composer of the Chieftains and the only constant member until the end. He played a variety of instruments including the uilleann pipes, tin whistle and bodhran drum. He has led the band to international acclaim, including six Grammy Awards, since their formation in 1962. The Chieftains released one of their most commercially successful albums in 1995 with “The Long Black Veil”. It consisted of collaborations with Sinéad O’Connor, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Sting, Tom Jones, Arty McGlynn and Van Morrison.
Of the New Musical Express (NME) recognized Moloney as “one of the most important exporters of Irish music for the past 60 years”.