Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

 

With Special Guest David Power on Uillean Pipes
 
Coolnasmear Hall
Friday, 6th of July 2007
 
What a fabulous concert! Martin Hayes is downright amazing and Dennis Cahill's gentle guitar work is the perfect accompaniment. Hayes plays the fiddle with tremendous physical panache, but the result is some of the most cerebral, yet toe-tapping Irish music to be heard. Cúl na Sméar Hall was jammed absolutely to capacity, yet the collective intake of breath was so quiet that the gentlest vibrato notes were clear and penetrating.
 
During the last part of concert, local David Power joined the dynamic duo on stage. What a treat! This was a session of stars, a galactic supernova of lovely sound.
 
This slice of the concert is the first 30 minutes right after the break. It gives a pretty good representation of the style of this wonderful duet - everything from a slow air to jigs and slides and a few of their own inimitable inventions.
 
Another great coup for Coolnasmear Hall!
 
Irish fiddle virtuoso, Martin Hayes and American guitarist Dennis Cahill have garnered international distinction for taking traditional music to the very edge of the genre, holding listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances. They have recorded two critically acclaimed albums together on Green Linnet Records, The Lonesome Touch (1997) and Live in Seattle (1999) and will be releasing their third duet album shortly. Their recording projects also include musical scores for theatre (A Skull in Conamara), film (a documentary on Dorothea Lange's photos of Ireland), contemporary dance (The Pat Graney Company's "The Vivian Girls" premiered in February 2004) and an animated cartoon "Cuilin Dulainn", produced by the Kilkenny based Cartoon Salon.
 
"Make no mistake - Hayes is the most innovative and influential fiddler on the Irish scene today. His gentle genius is changing the way a new generation of folk musicians thinks about traditional music." -Boston Globe
 
Touring throughout the U.S. and abroad, 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 and in Poland as President Mary McAleese’s Special Guests.
 
"Mr. Hayes and Mr. Cahill created a Celtic complement to Steve Reich's quartets or Miles Davis' 'Sketches of Spain.'" -New York Times
 
"Between them they have deconstructed the material to create a vast spacious soundscape, aching with the celebration of centuries, soaring with the slow-burning dynamics of modern classicists like Part and Gorecki." - The Independent, U.K.
 
 
What the critics say....
 
"Hayes & Cahill are important stylish, intelligent interpreters, they have the ability to touch home. Flock to their concerts, queue in the rain, these guys are worth it all." - Irish Music Magazine
 
"Hayes & Cahill cast a spell which will linger in the mind and soul." - The Guardian/UK
 
"In his mastery of tone and rhythm, Hayes gives the music new meaning." - Irish Times/Ireland
 
"A musician of genius. Once you have seen him, all other Irish fiddle players become faint shadows. He is the Yehudi Menuhin of the Irish fiddle." - Sydney Morning Herald/Australia
 
"Mr. Hayes and Mr. Cahill created a Celtic complement to Steve Reich’s quartets or Miles Davis's 'Sketches of Spain'." - The New York Times /USA
 
"Irish fiddle virtuoso Hayes and American guitarist Cahill have a rare musical kinship. They have garnered a reputation for taking traditional music to the very edge of the genre. They combine jazz and classical with traditional Irish to create a unique sound. The magic of their partnership is caught on "Live in Seattle" - Chicago Sun Times/USA
 
"Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential." - Q Magazine/UK 
 
"Hayes' music conjures up feeling - pure raw emotion from the heart." - Dirty Linen/USA
 
"Between them they have deconstructed the material to create a vast spacious soundscape, aching with the celebration of centuries, soaring with the slow-burning dynamics of modern classicist's, like Pärt and Gorecki." - The Independent/UK
 
He is just so much better than anything you’ve ever seen before. He redefines your concept of excellence and reveals levels of beauty and artistry that previously hadn’t existed in your frame of reference. That is the only way to describe the experience of seeing and listening to Martin Hayes. Once you have seen him, all other Irish fiddle players become faint shadows. He is the Yehudi Menuhin of the Irish fiddle. - Sydney Morning Herald/Australia
 
"It's difficult to imagine a more simpatico pairing than this County Clare-born fiddler and his Chicagoan accomplice, Dennis Cahill" - The Herald/ Scotland
 
"The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet... A remarkable artiste, the only one of his type." - The Sunday Independent/Ireland
 
"Martin Hayes....the most important individual musician in Ireland right now." - Hot Press/Ireland 
 
"Fiddler Martin Hayes, accompanied by guitarist Dennis Cahill, wielded his bow with such an exquisite balance of sweetness and sinew, delicacy and fire, graveness and mischief you just didn’t want him to stop..Simply the loveliest fiddle music I’ve heard. Not to mention some of the finest fiddle-guitar interplay Hayes and Cahill wove their strands of melody and rhythm together with breathtaking tightness and precision." - Scotland on Sunday
 
"He has, like no other musician I know, managed to get under the skin of the music...other musicians can do a great job taking a tune and doing amazing things to it: with Martin, it feels like it is the tune that has taken him as its voice. Dennis Cahill was superb on guitar, and the two were so in sync that it felt like one person playing the two instruments, so much did they perform as a unit." - Ceolas
 
"Martin Hayes combines an exceptional gift for personal expression with a prodigious musical ear ...great playing and remarkable creativity." - The Irish Times 
 
"As dazzling a fiddle and guitar partnership as Irish music has yielded in recent times." - The Telegraph/UK
 
"When he takes up his fiddle, Martin Hayes becomes at once one with the tune and one with his guitar accompanist, Dennis Cahill. The two have become almost as two sides of a single coin...Martin’s playing seems relaxed and effortless...it’s a simple testament to the fact that the tune is speaking through Martin and not the other way around." - John Kerr/Wolf Trap Irish Festival 
 
"Amidst a stellar galaxy of top-flight international musicians [Hayes] simply stole the show with a performance that was spellbindingly exquisite...few players can match Martin Hayes when it comes to heartfelt and soulful expression." - Evening Echo/ Ireland

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Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

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