Martin Hayes (musician)

Martin Hayes ( born 1961 in Maghera, County Clare, Ireland ) is a major Irish fiddle player.


Hayes was born in the townland Maghera, about 11 km northeast of Ennis and 5 km north- west of Tulla. As a nephew of Paddy Canny and son of Joe P. Hayes, founder of the Tulla Céilí band, he came early with traditional Irish folk music into contact. At seven, he began to learn the fiddle; at 14, he joined the youngest musician of the Tulla Ceili Band. Up to the age of 19, he won several times the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship. In 2000 he won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards as an instrumentalist of the year.

Hayes emigrated to Chicago, where he played in various rock and jazz bands. There he met in 1980 guitarist / mandolinist Dennis Cahill, with whom he founded the jazz / rock / fusion band Midnight Court. In the 1990s, Hayes returned to a his traditional roots and worked after two solo albums again with Cahill. He now lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.


In addition to his roots in Irish folk Hayes calls on the official website of diverse artists as inspiration, including the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, and the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. The folk - lexicon Cross Roots raises Hayes ' melodic and lyrical qualities forth. With slight swing touches, an extraordinary density of Ornamentationen and syncopations he transform dance tunes in melancholic fantasies


  • The Shores of Lough Graney (1990, with PJ Hayes and Mark Gregory Ice Nine Productions ICE 003 cassette)

Solo albums

  • Martin Hayes (1992, Green Linnet # 1127 )
  • Under the Moon (1995, Green Linnet # 1155 )

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill albums

  • Lonesome Touch (1997, Green Linnet # 1127 )
  • Live in Seattle (1999, Green Linnet # 1195)
  • Welcome Here Again (2008, Green Linnet # 1233 )

Martin Hayes as a member of the Tulla Céilí band

  • A Celebration of 50 Years (1996, Green Linnet )
  • 60th Anniversary Celebration (2007)


  • My Love is in America The Boston College Fiddle Festival (1991, Green Linnet Records # 1110)
  • Traditional Music from East Clare by Mary MacNamara (1994, Claddagh Records)
  • John Williams by John Williams (1995, Green Linnet # 1157 )
  • The Gathering Various Artists (1997, Real World UKCDRW62 )
  • Celtic Sessions by William Coulter and Friends (1997, Gourd Music)
  • Solo Fiddle by Kevin Burke (1999, Green Linnet # 1196)
  • Poor Man's Troubles by Bruce Molsky (2000, Rounder )
  • I Could Read the Sky by Iarla Ó Lionáird (2000, Real World Records )
  • The Wildlife Album (2005 Market Square Records)
  • Sligo Live 06 (2006 Sligo Live Sampler, promotional publication)
  • The House I Was Reared In by Christy McNamara (2007, Durra Records)
  • Reeling Through The Years (2007) compilation CD to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Feakle Festival
  • Today, Tomorrow & on Sunday (2008) by Helen Hayes ( CDHHG 001)
  • The Humours of Tulla (2009 ) from the Tulla Comhaltas Archive Collection
  • Triúr Sat Draighean (2010) with Peader O ' Riada and Caoimhin O' Raghallaigh