The leader and the founder of the traditional Irish music group The Chieftains, Paddy Maloney, has died. Paddy was born in 1938 and grew up in North County Dublin to a musical family, and would go on to have a major influential career.
Paddy founded one of the most iconic traditional Irish music acts, The Chieftains, in 1962. The tin whistle and Uilleann piper playing frontman had a massive impact across not only Celtic music but those genres that infused Celtic sounds in the heavy rock and metal scene such as Celtic punk, and folk metal.
Maloney also ran a record label in 1975, in which he produced and coproduced or supervised over 45 albums in the folk/traditional scene. The Chieftains also have won 16 Grammys and numerous other awards.