Mick Moloney, a recording artist, folklorist, live performance presenter and professor who championed conventional Irish tradition and inspired feminine instrumentalists in a male-dominated discipline, died on Tuesday at his house in Manhattan, in Greenwich Village. He was 77.

Glucksman Eire Home N.Y.U., New York College’s middle for Irish research, introduced his loss of life. No trigger was given. Lower than every week earlier, Mr. Moloney had carried out on the Maine Celtic Pageant in Belfast, Maine.

An immigrant from Eire, Mr. Moloney was a pioneering scholar within the discipline of Irish-American research at N.Y.U., the place he was named a world distinguished professor. The college homes his intensive assortment of supplies in its Archives of Irish America. He reissued a wealth of music by Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Irish bands and introduced the music to a large viewers whose familiarity with Irish tradition typically didn’t prolong a lot past commercialized Saint Patrick’s Day occasions.

An excellent musician, Mr. Moloney sang and performed the guitar, the mandolin and the banjo, with the tenor banjo his main instrument. He was a founder in 1978 of Inexperienced Fields of America, an interdisciplinary Irish touring ensemble whose members embrace Michael Flatley, the founding father of Riverdance, the theatrical present that includes Irish music and dance.

Mr. Moloney was captivated with exploring the connections between Irish, African, Galician and American roots music and arranged many live shows and lectures highlighting these synergies. On one program within the “Celtic Appalachia” collection that he led, introduced in 2012 at Symphony Area in Manhattan by the Irish Arts Heart, the Malian musician Cheick Hamala Diabaté carried out on Indigenous African devices that predated the banjo. Mr. Moloney additionally collaborated with the Filipino vocalist Grace Nono, amongst different musicians.

Mr. Moloney’s analysis prolonged to the customarily troubled relationship between Irish Individuals and African Individuals within the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries; at his loss of life he was engaged on a movie known as “Two Roads Diverged,” about how these communities discovered widespread floor by music and dance regardless of their antagonisms.

His scholarship additionally embraced Irish-Jewish relations. On an entertaining recording known as “If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews,” Mr. Moloney highlighted vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley collaborations between these two teams of immigrants in America. (One verse requested, “What would this nice Yankee nation actually actually ever do/ If it wasn’t for a Levy, a Monahan or Donohue?”)

Till the Eighties, instrumentalists in conventional Irish music had been largely male, however Mr. Moloney inspired ladies to carry out as effectively, organizing a pageant in Manhattan in 1985 known as “Cherish the Women” (the title of an Irish jig) and a live performance the subsequent 12 months known as “Fathers and Daughters.” He produced an album by the all-female group Cherish the Women known as “Irish Ladies Musicians in America.”

Mr. Moloney, who hosted reveals about folks music on American public tv, was honored by the Irish authorities in 2013 as a recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Overseas. In 1999, Hillary Clinton, the primary girl on the time, introduced him with the Nationwide Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in folks and conventional arts, given by Nationwide Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Moloney was a mentor to many subsequent N.E.A. fellows, together with the flutist Joanie Madden, of Cherish the Women.

He wrote a 2002 e book known as “Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish-American Immigration By means of Tune” accompanied by a CD of songs. And he led common excursions of Eire, highlighting Irish tradition by live shows, studio visits, fortress excursions and pub visits.

“On the coronary heart of the Irish American expertise is a way of displacement, from one nation to a different, from a rural to a extra difficult lifestyle,” Mr. Moloney informed The New York Instances in 1996. “There’s that sense of a tug from throughout the ocean. There’s a profound sense of loss.”

Michael Moloney was born in Limerick, in southwestern Eire, on Nov. 15, 1944, one among seven youngsters of Michael and Maura Moloney. His father was the chief air visitors management officer at Shannon Airport, west of Limerick, and his mom was the principal of a main college in Limerick.

Mick, as he was known as, studied the tenor banjo, the mandolin and the guitar in his youth, changing into notably drawn to the “wild sound” of the banjo after first listening to it within the Fifties, he mentioned. Missing alternatives to listen to conventional instrumental music in Limerick, he recalled, he would journey to close by County Clare to hearken to tunes in pubs and report them in order that he may be taught them.

In his youth he performed with the Emmet Folks Group and with a trio known as the Johnstons, with whom he recorded and toured Europe and America. “A lot of their persona stems from Mr. Moloney,” the critic John S. Wilson wrote in The Instances in 1971, “who has a captivating, disarming reward of gab with which he deftly mingles wry humor and flashing barbs of remark, punctuated by a marvelously Mephistophelian eyebrow.”

Mr. Moloney acquired a bachelor’s diploma in economics from College School Dublin and lived briefly in London as a social employee serving to immigrant communities. He moved to the US in 1973 and acquired a Ph.D. in folklore and folks life from the College of Pennsylvania in 1992. Along with N.Y.U., he taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish research on the College of Pennsylvania and at Georgetown and Villanova.

In 1982, Mr. Moloney based the Irish/Celtic Week on the Augusta Heritage Heart in Elkins, W.Va., modeled after the Willie Clancy Summer time College, an annual occasion in County Clare that teaches conventional Irish arts.

In his final 20 years, he lived in each Manhattan and Thailand, the place he volunteered as a music therapist and instructor for deserted youngsters with H.I.V. on the Mercy Heart in Bangkok. He carried out on-line from Thailand for Irish for Biden presidential marketing campaign occasions in 2020.

His marriages to Philomena Murray and Judy Sherman led to divorce. His survivors embrace his accomplice, Sangjan Chailungka with whom he lived in Bangkok; a son, Fintan, from his marriage to Ms. Murray; and 4 siblings, Violet Morrissey and Dermot, Kathleen and Nanette Moloney.

Whereas he devoted a lot of his profession to academia, Mr. Moloney by no means misplaced his power for making music, describing himself as an artist at the beginning.

“There are millions of tunes within the custom, so once we sit down for rehearsal, our job actually isn’t to seek out materials, it’s to exclude materials, as a result of we’d play all of them if we may,” he mentioned in a video interview with The Wall Road Journal in 2015. “On my tombstone,” he added, “I would like the inscription banjo driver.”

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