Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. 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 an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He is the recipient of major national and international awards, including six All-Ireland fiddle championships and has been cited by the Irish Sunday Tribune as one of the hundred most influential Irish men and women. He is one of the most important musicians to come out of Ireland in the last fifty years. He has recorded two acclaimed solo albums, ‘Martin Hayes’ (1993) and ‘Under the Moon’ (1995) on the Green Linnet label. Martin Hayes is the Artistic Director of the Masters of Tradition Festival held in August each year at Bantry House in West Cork. He is also a founding member of ‘The Gloaming’, which is enjoying considerable world-wide success at the moment.
“Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential” Q Magazine
David Power is a stellar musician on the uilleann pipes. He has been a member of groups, including Liam Clancy’s ‘Fairweather Band’, ‘Gorumna’ and more recently, Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ and ‘Pipers Union’. He performed in the off-Broadway production ‘Love’s Pure Light’, recorded music for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s staging of ‘The Field’ and was a cast member and musician in the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Touch of the Poet’, starring Gabriel Byrne. He has three critically acclaimed solo recordings ‘My Love is in America’ (2005) ‘Cuachín Ghleann Neifin’ (2007) and ‘The Eighteen Moloney’ (2014). He has performed with poets Seamus Heaney, Michael Davitt, Ciaran Carson, Kerry Hardie, Dermot Bolger, Maighread Medbh, Grace Wells, Clodagh Beresford-Dunne, Doireann ní Ghríofa, and Robert Pinsky. In addition, he worked with accordionist Tony MacMahon, writer Dermot Bolger and Director John Comisky to develop a show called ‘The Frost is All Over’ which gained significant attention. He recently completed compositional work on a show based on the 6th Century Irish Christian church written by Kerry Hardie and Olivia O’Leary which premiered at the 2015 Kilkenny Arts Festival.
“The opening wail of uilleann pipes, played by David Power, which shifts into swirling music of military glory, beautifully establishes the central opposition of inner pain and public fantasy” (New York Times)
“David Power brings a breathtaking freshness to the set, his fluid, fluent playing as light as a feather” (Irish Times)