The Chieftains have won six Grammy Music Awards over their nearly 60-year music career and have come to international recognition for their exploration of Irish music and their transcending musical boundaries.
Collaborate or perform with artists and groups such as Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, The Dubliners, and The Rolling Stones. They also played for Pope John Paul II. and King of England II. Elizabeth.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins, among others, praised Moloney’s life and art in a statement, writing that he was not only inspired by his work. “It’s an Irish music community, but a much larger community around the world.”
he stated “Paddy’s outstanding skills as an instrumentalist have been at the forefront of reviving interest in Irish music, particularly playing the Irish bagpipe and bodhrán, bringing him international recognition of Irish music and culture.”
The President also recalled that Moloney is a founding member of Claddagh Records, along with Irish art patron Garech de Brún. “He has brought a love of Irish music not only to the diaspora but to people around the world who listen and appreciate his music as it crosses all musical boundaries.”
Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin acknowledged in his response: “The term legend is overused, but it’s hard to find another way to describe this wonderful Irish music and culture.” The Irish Archives of Traditional Music (ITMA) previously replied that Moloney “He made a significant contribution to Irish traditional music, song and dance and left a wonderful legacy.”
ITMA Director Liam O’Connor, Moloney “Extraordinary influence on traditional music in Ireland but also around the world”. In an interview with The Journal, O’Connor recalled that Moloney helped save the Irish bagpipes that were once in danger of being completely forgotten. He learned to play them with Leo Rowsome, the late maker, actor and teacher of this typically Irish instrument.
Culture Minister Catherine Martin pointed out that Paddy Moloney brought him in through the Chieftains. “The joy that Irish music has brought to listeners around the world. His music has been a source of joy and pride for all of us.”