Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most significant talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music.
His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument – the violin – his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create a formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn inspiration from many musical genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare. He has a unique ability to place the tradition within a wider contemporary context, creating a unique and insightful interpretation of Irish music.
Martin Hayes’ soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis Cahill for over twenty years, with whom he performed for President Obama in March, 2011.
Martin has collaborated with extraordinary musicians in the classical, folk and contemporary music worlds including Bill Frisell, Ricky Skaggs and Brooklyn Rider and the Irish Chamber Orchestra as well as many of the greatest traditional Irish musicians over the past thirty years. He has performed with Sting and Paul Simon and recently recorded with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and has contributed music to modern dance, theatre, film and television.
Martin Hayes was announced as Cultural Ambassador by the Irish Government, January 7, 2019, Journal Of Music.
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