Paddy Moloney, the frontman and bagpiper of the Chieftains, a band that was at the forefront of the worldwide revival of traditional Irish music played with traditional instruments, died on Monday in Dublin. He was 83.
For nearly 60 years the Chieftains toured extensively, released more than two dozen albums and won six Grammy Awards. They were particularly known for their collaborations with artists like Van Morrison, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Nanci Griffith and Luciano Pavarotti.
Mr. Moloney was a master of many instruments: He mainly played the uileann pipes (the national bagpipes of Ireland) and the tin whistle, but he also played the bodhran (a type of drum) and the button accordion. He was also the band’s lead composer and arranger.