For over sixty years Paddy Moloney was an inspiration and a hugely influential figure in Irish music and this week's Rolling Wave paid tribute to him with a special programme dedicated to his music - listen above.

Paddy Moloney left us an incredible legacy of recorded music. As Managing Director for Claddagh Records he produced about forty albums, including many classic recordings like The Star Above the Garter and The Liffey Banks with Tommy Potts. In 1975 he left his job with Claddagh and became a professional musician with his band The Chieftains, a band which had issued its first recording with Claddagh records in 1964.

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Throughout their recording career The Chieftains released over forty albums, won six Grammy Awards and collaborated with everyone from Van Morrison to Ry Cooder, James Galway, The Rolling Stones and so many more. There were also film soundtracks, tours all over the world and musical meetings with musicians from China to Nashville and from Galicia to Mayo.

The volume of work and creativity cannot but impress and present in all of these projects and recordings is Paddy Moloney’s enthusiasm and good humour which never seemed to diminish and which shines through all the time.

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This special edition of The Rolling Wave showcases Paddy Moloney’s talent as a piper, a whistle player, an arranger, a composer as well as his gift of bringing people together and enabling them to make great music. It includes music from the RTÉ Radio archives, a tin whistle duet with Sean Potts, tracks from early Chieftains releases, songs with Ricky Skaggs, Dolores Keane, new music created with Chinese musicians in China and more including some extracts from an interview Paddy did in 1983 with Philip King on the programme The Green Groves.

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