Undoubtedly the greatest Irish fiddler of his generation, Martin Hayes’ playing defies ordinary descriptions. Together he and his musical partner, guitarist Dennis Cahill, have achieved the delicate balance of tradition versus creativity and innovation, carefully paying respect to the roots of the music whilst creating an engaging new sound. They play in The Dock, Carrick-on-shannon this Friday, June 29.
For Martin, the music speaks to him and inspires him, and he constantly seeks to express that inspiration. With Dennis Cahill’s understated guitar outlining and intensifying the tunes, the duo are adventurous, enabling them to stretch the music while remaining true to its essential qualities. Their live concerts are legendary, tunes which seem to caress and enter the soul, the listener enters a time-warp unaware of how long or short the tunes are played for, sets that run the gauntlet of highs and lows of mesmerizing intensity, leaving audiences stunned but emotionally fulfilled.
Martin and Dennis possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable partnerships of our era. Together they have garnered international renown for taking traditional music to the very edge of the genre, holding listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances. In tribute to Martin’s father, the late P. Joe Hayes, founder and leader of the Tulla Ceili Band for over 50 years, they have re-mixed and released a CD version of The Shores of Lough Graney, an album recorded over 20 years ago of Martin and his father.
They play the Leitrim Live Music Club at The Dock at 8.30pmthis Friday. Book tickets on www.thedock.ie or (071) 9650828.