Matt Molloy is one of our finest and most influential Irish Traditional Flute Players. Born in Roscommon, he moved to Dublin in the 1960s where he soon became involved in the Irish Music Scene, meeting people like Seán Keane, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn, who would become lifelong friends and musical collaborators. 

Since then he has been a central figure in many brilliant Irish music bands including the legendary Bothy Band, Planxty and, of course, the hugely successful group The Chieftains. 

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In addition to these big projects he has never stopped exploring the tunes as a solo musician or in his duet playing with friends including Sean Keane, John Carty and Tommy Peoples. 

This interview with Matt was recorded in December 2018 following the release of his solo album Back to the Island his first solo album in almost 22 years. He spoke to Aoife Nic Cormaic about that album, about growing up with music and about the time his flute went into space!