The fiddler Martin Hayes is an enigma in traditional music, a major stylist, well grounded in the tradition (his “home band” the Tulla is 60 years old in 2007), he has mastered the slow laconic deeply emotional repertoireof East Clare, yet he has extended this to greater depths of musical understanding anmd communication
Maybe it was his move to Chicago and his dalience with Rock Musicc that allowed him to find other things in the music he grew up with , ceratinly since teaming up with Chicago based guitarist Denis Cahill (pictured here out of focus inthe foreground), Halyes has made some memerising music.
For the untrained ear Irish music can sound jsut like fastydidlly eye, but Hyaes takes it down a gaer, drops it into a different key and Cahill with a subtle touch of a a single note ont he guitar adds a drop of distilled magic in places where you wouldn’t expect it.
Together on stage there is a visible teeplathy at work, often Hayes goes into 10 minute solos ,his eyes closed as he wanders through his other world, and yet Cahill walks beside him with pinpoint accuracy.
If this pciture helps to sum up visually what they achieve msuically than I’ll be happy.