Martin Hayes, Artistic Director (fiddle)
Born and raised in East County Clare, a part of Ireland renowned for traditional music and a particularly lyric style, Martin is considered one of its most distinguished native sons. He has both remained faithful to the East Clare style and transformed it, to convey its deep and essential musicality that can stand along side any of the world’s greatest music. He tours the world in a duet with guitarist, Dennis Cahill and is involved in a number of collaborations with traditional, classical and contemporary musicians, as well as theatre, dance and film projects. He is a member of the band, The Gloaming.
Dennis Cahill (guitar)
Born in Chicago to parents from County Kerry, Dennis Cahill’s innovative accompaniment is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Cahill’s playing turns minimalism into an art form. A member of The Gloaming, Dennis is also a record producer in Chicago and a talented photographer.
Máirtín O’Connor (accordion)
With an accordion style displaying astounding skill, dexterity and versatility, Máirtín O’Connor has played with many of traditional music’s leading groups as well as collaborating with artists including Elvis Costello, The Chieftains, De Danann and The Dubliners. Pronounced Mawr-teen O'Connor
Seamie O’Dowd (guitar)
From Co. Sligo, Seamie O’Dowd grew up steeped in traditional music. He played the fiddle as a child and then learned guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and bodhrán. He toured with the band Dervish for six years and then with Máirtín O Connor and Cathal Hayden for over a decade, a collaboration that continues to this day. Pronounced Shay-mee O'Dowd
Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals)
Born into a small, Irish-speaking enclave in West Cork, Iarla Ó Lionáird’s upbringing revolved around singing as the dominant form of artistic expression. As vocalist for Afro Celt Sound System, Ó Lionáird played festivals all over the world and recorded five albums with the group before he embarked on his remarkable solo projects. Iarla is a vocalist with The Gloaming and Ghost Trio. Pronounced Ear-la O Len-nard
Cathal Hayden (fiddle)
Cathal Hayden is from a musical family in Co. Tyrone. He has a natural and distinctive style, original and inventive. Cathal was the catalyst for the formation of Four Men and a Dog, one of the foremost Irish traditional bands. Pronounced Kah-hl Hayden