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Paddy Moloney, leader of the band Leaders and one of the main exporters of Irish music for the past 60 years, has died.

The Irish Traditional Music Archive announced yesterday (October 12) that the musician has died at the age of 83. The cause of death has not yet been announced.

Moloney was led by Irish flute legend James Golvey, nicknamed the “Golden Nail Man”.

“I am saddened to hear that my best friend and colleague Paddy Maloney has passed away,” he wrote on Twitter. “A man of imagination and passion for conveying traditional Irish music to a nation we are forever indebted to. Such wonderful memories, I will always cherish them.”

Irish President Michael Higgins also paid tribute to Moloni and praised his role in promoting traditional Irish music around the world.

“The Irish music community and the largest band in the world, inspired by their work, are deeply saddened to learn that Paddy Moloni has died today,” Higgins writes.

“Paddy, with his amazing skills, instrumental and bodran, was at the forefront of reviving interest in Irish music, which further values ​​Irish music and culture internationally.

“On behalf of Sabina and myself and the people of Ireland, I extend my deepest condolences to Paddy’s family and friends, especially his wife Rita and his children Aonghus, Padreig and Edinga.”

Among other dignitaries is Irish singer and songwriter Imelda May, who tweeted: “It’s sad to hear about the death of our dearest Paddy Moloney. He was ours, he wasn’t. He made us all his own. proud of our heritage and brought such joyful energy. I am honored to know and work with not only a legend, but a very good man. ”

Moloni founded The Chiefs in 1962. During their decade-long career, the band attended Ground Zero in New York, the Great Wall of China, and as part of it, a ceremony dedicated to the events of September 11th. Roger Waters“The Wall” was staged in 1990 in Berlin.



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