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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill in Concert

  • C'Ville Coffee 1301 Harris Street Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)

Tickets are $22 in advance / $27 at the door
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world’s leading artists in traditional Irish music. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. For over two decades, the duo has performed at major concert halls and festivals around the globe, as well as for presidents and prime ministers. They are founding members of the new Irish 'supergroup' The Gloaming, and have collaborated with a wide range of artists from classical to jazz. 

Fiddler Martin Hayes is considered one of Ireland's most innovative and influential musicians.  He was raised in a famous musical family in rural Maghera, Feakle, East County Clare where the music he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the legendary leader of the long-lived Tulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas. By age 19 Martin had won six All-Ireland fiddle championships. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Folk Instrumentalist of the Year (BBC), Man of the Year (American Irish Historical Society), and Ireland's prestigious Musician of the Year  (Gradam Ceoil TG4). Hayes has drawn inspiration from sources as diverse as Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and jazz genius John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East Clare. 

Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist from Chicago born to Irish-speaking parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. His spare, essential accompaniment to Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Dennis studied at Chicago's prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. He has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, and Eileen Ivers, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Dennis is also a sought-after producer for musical artists whom he records in his own Chicago studio, as well as an accomplished photographer. 

Martin and Dennis have recorded three critically-acclaimed albums together on Green Linnet Records. In 1997 they released their first duo album “The Lonesome Touch”, followed by the ground-breaking concert recording “Live in Seattle” in 1999. In 2008  Martin and Dennis released the studio album “Welcome Here Again.” 

Their playing lays bare the process of songs taking shape over time that is the root of traditional music. Simply exquisite.
— The New York Times
Irish fiddler Martin Hayes is such a formidable talent that even classical composers have begun writing for him. But to hear the real Martin Hayes, you need to hear his longstanding collaboration with guitarist Dennis Cahill.
— WNYC, John Schaefer
Together they create a music filled with calm and silence, the likes of which you’ve never heard before. Except, perhaps, in brief snatches of a long forgotten dream.
— Time Out, London
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