Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and American guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable partnerships of our era. Together they have garnered international renown for taking traditional music to the very edge of the genre, holding listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances.
Hayes is a master of the slow, lyrical County Clare style of fiddling which he learned from his father. He is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. Cahill is a sublime guitarist whose spare, essential accompaniment is acknowledged as a major breakthrough in the Irish tradition. He was raised in Chicago by parents from the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. The two met in Chicago in the 1980's and after early years as an experimental Irish fusion group, formed their groundbreaking duo at the forefront of traditional music for more than two decades.
Hayes and Cahill's recent project is the Martin Hayes Quartet and their debut album The Blue Room. The duo are also members of the acclaimed Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming.