Mick Moloney Biography (Wikipedia)
Michael "Mick" Moloney (born November 15, 1944) is a traditional Irish musician and scholar.
Born in Limerick, he was an important figure on the Dublin folk-song revival in the 1960s. In 1973, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He gained early fame as a member of the Irish group The Emmet Folk Group and The Johnstons but has since performed and recorded with a variety of groups and individuals, including Eugene O'Donnell and Séamus Egan, and Marie & Martin Reilly; he also worked closely with The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem.
Moloney served as the artistic director for several major arts tours, including the Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers, and dancers which toured across the U.S. on several occasions. He has produced and performed on over seventy albums and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America.
In 1992, Moloney received a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. For his work in public folklore, he received a 1999 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1999, he was named Best Tenor Banjo Player by Frets magazine. He has taught ethnomusicology, folklore, and Irish studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Villanova, and New York University.
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