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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Irish Traditional music

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle and his acknowledgement of music past and present combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn inspiration from sources as diverse as composer Arvo Pärt, viola da gamba master Jordi Savall, and John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in Co. Clare. Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula. He studied at the city’s prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. His spare, essential accompaniment to Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. The two met in Chicago in the 1980s, and formed the jazz/rock/fusion band, Midnight Court. When Martin reclaimed his traditional roots, he began a new musical relationship with Cahill, beginning with the lyrical music of East Clare. And the rest, as they say, is musical history.

“Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential.” - Q Magazine