Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL, March 5th by midatlanticcce
February 2, 2011, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Concert, NYC
Symphony Space
March 5, 2011  8pm
“Vast emotional depths…a sparse, measured improvisatory approach.” London Sunday Times

“Precise, Zen-like simplicity to reels and jigs, supported by subtle, jazz-tinged guitar—it’s pure, spare and intense.” Time Out New York

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill return to New York for a performance on Saturday, March 5th at Symphony Space, presented by the World Music Institute.  The Irish fiddler and American guitarist possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable duet pairings of our era. The Irish Examiner calls their music “as close to a spiritual experience as [music] can be.

Named Traditional Musician of the Year by Irish broadcaster TG4 in 2008, Martin Hayes was raised in East County Clare, Ireland.  He and Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill are known for their innovations in Irish music, exploring and expanding the tradition in both intimate and electrifying ways.

Their three duo albums include the landmark Lonesome Touch (1997) and Live in Seattle (1999), and in 2008 Welcome Here Again (Compass). The Wall Street Journal called the latter “outstanding…it will only burnish the duo’s reputation.”

The two have collaborated with artists from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell to classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider (Yo Yo Ma), new-grass musicians Darol Anger & Mike Marshall, Irish rocker Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes), Iarla O Lionaird (Afro Celts), and on a feature film soundtrack with Sinead O’Connor.

In November 2010, they debuted a new work with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra by rising Irish composer David Flynn, commissioned by RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), before a sold-out National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York.  Tickets are $30 or $25 for WMI members, through the World Music Institute at 212 – 545-7536 or



“The County Clare musician imbues the traditional tunes of his native land…with vast emotional depths and breadths, and dares a sparse, measured improvisatory approach.”—London Sunday Times

“A Celtic complement to Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain or Steve Reich’s Quartets”  – New York Times

Welcome Here Again is a superb-sounding record from start to finish, abounding in space and atmosphere.”  – PASTE Magazine

“As close to a spiritual experience as a musical recording can be.  This magnificent presentation is food for the soul.” –Irish Examiner

“Hayes is to trad fiddlers what Gypsy-swing icon Django Reinhardt is to guitarists—incomparable. Live, the duo gives each tune space to build as a breathless tension mounts; when the climax arrives, it feels as though he and the room might levitate.” – Time Out New York

“Hayes has one of the most ravishing violin styles in all of Celtic music…Cahill’s gentle, supportive accompaniment adds precisely the right touch.” – Los Angeles Times

“The remarkable duo has honed a ravishing repertoire by distilling the melodic essence of traditional tunes. The two have distinguished themselves by bringing chamber music’s intensity and dynamic control to folk tunes.”  Seattle Times


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