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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Martin Hayes April 7, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

I was listening to a documentary on 70 years of Desert Island Discs recently and I got thinking of my own favourite albums. One that has always been on my list since its release in 1999 has been ‘Live in Seattle’ by Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill. Its an album I turn to again and again.
Hayes fiddle playing augmented with Cahills guitar is sublime. The East Clare style tinged with influenced by Classical, Jazz and other genres. The note being exaggerated , extended to get the last bit of life out of it. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Hayes perform all over the country from The National Concert Hall to Willie Clancy Week in Milltown Malbay and he never disappoints.
His recorded work is very good but its the live performances which capture the music in its finest form. Included below is a Martin Hayes Documentary “From Clare to Here” , which tells more about the man than I can write.

Martin Hayes Documentary “From Clare to Here” (4 parts)


1. Mark - April 7, 2012
2. EamonnCork - April 7, 2012

Great choice.I’ve seen him quite a few times and he really does have to be experienced live. Not the least of his virtues is his insistence that traditional music needs to be treated with seriousness and isn’t just some kind of pub soundtrack. It might sound obvious if you know anything about the music but it’s surprising how many otherwise sophisticated people dismiss it as ‘diddly-eyedle, (that most wretchedly stupid of phrases).


3. EamonnCork - April 7, 2012

I don’t know if you’ve ever caught the Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry which Hayes usually plays at but it’s well worth a trip, the line-ups are fantastic.


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