Martin Hayes’ unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle, his acknowledgement of the past and his ability to place the tradition within a wider contemporary context, combine to create a unique and insightful interpretation of Irish music. He has drawn inspiration from many musical genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare where the tradition he inherited from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, was the formative influence on his musical accent and ideas. He has recorded two acclaimed solo albums, “Martin Hayes” and “Under the Moon” on the Green Linnet label and three duet albums with Dennis Cahill: “The Lonesome Touch”, “Live in Seattle”, and “Welcome Here Again”. Martin is the Artistic Director of the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry, West Cork and the touring show of the same name. A co-founder of the new band, The Gloaming, he also tours and records with Peadar Ó Riada and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh in the traditional Irish trio, Triúr. He has collaborated with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the innovative string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the viola da gamba player, Jordi Savall and jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell as well as projects in theatre, contemporary dance, television and film.
A master guitarist born and raised in Chicago, Dennis is the son of Irish-speaking parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Trained at Chicago Music College, Dennis began his career playing in rock bands and country bands in Chicago before immersing himself in Irish music with Martin Hayes. His innovative and spare accompaniment to Martin’s fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Dennis is a member of the Gloaming with whom he tours internationally and an ensemble member of Masters of Tradition. He is also a record producer in Chicago and a talented photographer.