The Martin Hayes Quartet

This performance was clearly one of a very, very few one sees in the course of a lifetime where you can honestly say you’ve seen something done as well and as beautifully as it possibly ever could.
— Savannah Connect
L. to R. Martin Hayes, Liz Knowles Doug Wieselman, Dennis Cahill

L. to R. Martin Hayes, Liz Knowles Doug Wieselman, Dennis Cahill




In their duet performances,  Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill distill the melodies and rhythms of traditional Irish music into passionate interpretations of tunes that resonate as both venerable and startlingly new. Their ability to convey the relevancy of an old form and play it with such emotion and urgency, has made them the undisputed masters of Irish music around the world. The Martin Hayes Quartet expands the wondrous musical experience of the duet work of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill with the addition of the viola of Liz Knowles and the bass clarinet of Doug Wieselman. 

Spacious, soulful and rich with aural possibility, the Quartet continues Martin Hayes’ unrelenting ambition to explore both the sonic possibilities and maintain the relevancy of traditional Irish music with the inclusion of the deep mellow sound of the bass clarinet, played by the virtuosic Doug Wieselman, and the rich warm tones of the viola, played by the brilliant Liz Knowles. The addition of these instruments provides an aural texture that multiplies the rhythmic possibilities and allows a larger role for improvisation.  Both Doug and Liz bring a wealth of musical experience that contributes to the spacious, rich arrangements of the Quartet: simultaneously ancient and contemporary, authentic and probing.