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In Concert Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, mastery of the fiddle, and ability to draw on the music’s past while shaping its future combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in Feakle, Co. Clare.
Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle peninsula in Co. Kerry. He studied at the city’s prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment to Martin’s fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
“Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential.” – Q Magazine
“In years to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix.” – The Irish Times
Sponsored by Bill and Denise Whelan.