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Martin Hayes on Dennis Cahill: ‘There will always be an echo of his music in my work’

The master fiddler talks about the recent passing of his friend and long-term musical partner 

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Martin Hayes. Photo: Joe Chapman

Martin Hayes. Photo: Joe Chapman

Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes

Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes

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Martin Hayes. Photo: Joe Chapman

There was chaos on the side of Maghera mountain 25 years ago at the Hayes’s farm near Feakle in east Clare. Master fiddler Martin Hayes (whose father PJ, also a fiddler of some note, owned the farm) watched as his friend, the guitarist Dennis Cahill, on a visit from the South Side of Chicago, dealt with the agricultural scene that confronted him.

Dennis was wearing white runners and sweatpants,” recalls Martin. “He was responding to my father’s request that he and I stand in two different gaps, so that the cattle could be moved without letting them into other fields.”


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