Top duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill return to the Glens Centre on Thursday, November 14 at 8.30pm.
Undoubtedly the greatest Irish fiddler of his generation, Martin Hayes’ playing defies ordinary descriptions. Together with his musical partner, guitarist ,Dennis Cahill, they 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.
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 almost at one when playing. Attuned to each other they 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.
They have recorded three critically acclaimed albums together on Green Linnet Records, The Lonesome Touch (1997) and Live in Seattle (1999) and released their third duet album Welcome Here Again in 2008. Their recording projects also include musical scores for theatre (A Skull in Conamara), film (a documentary on Dorothea Lange’s photos of Ireland), and contemporary dance (The Pat Graney Company’s “The Vivian Girls” premiered in February 2004).
They tour constantly throughout the U.S. Ireland, Europe, Japan and bi-annually to Australia. Hayes and Cahill have been universally recognized as a powerful force in the music world, grounding themselves in traditional Irish music while incorporating sensibilities from classical, blues and jazz. Together they have performed in concert halls and performing arts centres throughout the world, including China, Mexico, Australia and in Poland as President Mary McAleese’s Special Guests.
Catch them in the Glens Centre. Tickets can be booked by calling the Glens on 071 98 55833 or online at www.theglenscentre.com