Traditional Irish Music Masters Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill on Tour in May
“Hayes and Cahill work off each other like two jazz masters, exploring the tunes, spinning medleys that expand and contract with intensity. “Our allegiance is to the spirit of the moment,” says Hayes, “Our primary wish is that the musical experience be one that lifts our spirits and those of the audience.” PLUS
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill in Concert:
Friday May 15 8PM, Soiled Dove, Denver – Choose your Reserved Seats at www.SoiledDove.com
Or call 303-830-9214
Saturday May 16 7:30PM at Stargazers Theatre, Colorado Springs – Save with Advance discount tickets at
www.stargazerstheatre.com Or call 719-476-2200
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world’s leading innovators in traditional Irish music. Their deep interpretations are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. The New York Times calls them “a Celtic complement to Steve Reich’s Quartets and Miles Davis’s ‘Sketches of Spain.’” The duo make a rare visit to Colorado this May, performing Friday the 15th at the Soiled Dove Underground and on Saturday the 16th at the Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs.
Fiddle player Martin Hayes was born and raised in rural County Clare, the son of esteemed fiddler PJ Hayes, and is acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most innovative and influential artists. A former member of his father’s renowned Tulla Ceili Band, Martin had won six All-Ireland Fiddle Championships by age 19. He has performed with Sting, Paul Simon, and Sinead O’Connor; and taught Jeremy Irons to play a fiddle tune. His many awards include Folk Instrumentalist of the Year (BBC), Spirit of Ireland Honoree (Irish Arts Center), Man of the Year (American Irish Historical Society), and Musician of the Year (TG4 Gradam Ceol, Ireland).
Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from County Kerry, Ireland. His background includes study in classical, jazz, blues, and folk. Dennis’s spare, essential accompaniment to Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. The duo have three acclaimed albums together on Compass/Green Linnet Records; the latest is Welcome Here Again.
Martin and Dennis are also making waves with their award winning new band The Gloaming, who just took Ireland’s top award the Meteor Choice Award for the best album of 2014. The self-titled CD, called “astonishingly beautiful” by NPR, rocketed to the top of Irish charts and landed on many best of year lists for 2014 including NPR, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.
A connoisseur has the learned ability to tell almost instinctively that something is special. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of traditional Irish music to know that when you’ve tasted a live Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill concert, you’ve participated in something exceptional. “It’s not unusual to see folks walking out of a Martin and Dennis show somewhat stunned and giddy,” said Denver based promoter Pat McCullough, adding, “Like, they just shared a deeply personal organic high, and all they were doing was sitting in their seats and tapping their toes.” McCullough told a story to illustrate his point, “About 4 years ago Martin and Dennis performed and taught in south central Colorado at the annual Spanish Peaks Celtic festival. After seeing Martin and Dennis in concert for the first time, an entertainment writer approached me, completely blown away. She told me that prior to the show she was less than excited to have been assigned to listen to two guys playing jigs and reels on fiddle and guitar – But after Martin and Dennis’s concert she was gobsmacked, calling the performance sublime, the highlight of the festival, and one of the most compelling concerts that she had ever attended!”
Martin and Dennis are also making waves with their acclaimed new band The Gloaming, who just took Ireland’s top award the Meteor Choice Award for the best album of 2014. The self-titled CD, called “astonishingly beautiful” by NPR, rocketed to the top of Irish charts and landed on many best of year lists for 2014 including NPR, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill fans and those who don’t know a jig from a reel will have to opportunity to experience some of the best in the world in Irish music. A rare swing through the Rockies will have the masters perform in Albuquerque Thursday May 14, Denver Friday May 15 and in Colorado Springs on Saturday May 16. The will also offer master classes in their respective instruments
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Friday, May 15 8PM Show 7PMDoors All Ages Show
Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80230
Reserved Seating $22, $24, $29 online at www.SoiledDove.com or direct link
or call 303-830-9214.
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Saturday, May 16 7:30 PM Show 6:30 PM Doors All Ages Show
Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs – Advance discount tickets $21, $25 DOS, $15 Students & Military at www.stargazerstheatre.com or direct link
or call 719-476-2200.
Master Classes for Musicians:
Sat. May 16: WORKSHOPS, fiddle & guitar: 1355 Lindenwood Grove, Colorado Springs. To register in advance contact David Clark (email@example.com, cell 719 310 4180). On-site registration will start at 12:30 PM and will end promptly at 1 PM. 1pm-3pm. $50 per person. Space is limited.
Sun. May 17: WORKSHOPS, fiddle & guitar. Eron Johnson Antiques, 389 South Lipan Street, Denver, CO 80223, 1-3PM, $50 per person. Space is limited. Reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.