Saturday 17 August 2019

Martin Hayes performs for one night only in town

Martin Hayes will perform solo at the Highlanes Gallery on Monday 22nd July at 7.30pm.

Presented as part of the public programme of Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition, the exhibition that brings together a range of artworks from the 18th century to the contemporary moment exploring Irish traditional arts & culture, it is a special intimate evening performance within the gallery with Co. Clare fiddle player, Martin, one of the greatest contemporary exponents of Irish traditional music across the world.

Recognised as Gradam Cheoil, Musician of the Year from TG4, Person of the Year by the American Irish Historical Society, and a recipient of the annual Spirit of Ireland award from the Irish Arts Centre of New York, most recently he received an Honorary Doctor of Music from National University of Ireland Galway, Martin's career has spanned many years with magnificent, memorable performances with the likes of Dennis Cahill, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra.

His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument - the violin - his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create a formidable artistic intelligence.

Though he has drawn inspiration from many musical genres, he still remains grounded in the music he learned and grew up with in East Clare. Before the age of 19, Martin not only performed but was the recipient of six All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Spending much of his youth playing in his father's band, the Tulla Celli Band, Hayes would go on to become the founding member of the seminal Irish-American band, The Gloaming, with whom he still tours internationally, even going so far as to win the prestigious Meteor Prize in 2014 for their debut album.

In addition to this, earlier this year, Martin was announced as one of the five new Cultural Ambassadors to Culture Ireland 'to assist in & enhance' the promotion of Ireland in the global arena under the Government's Global Ireland 2025 initiative.

Martin Hayes - Solo at Highlanes - Highlanes Gallery - Monday 22nd July at 7.30pm (Doors, 7pm). Tickets: are priced at €22.

Drogheda Independent