Martin Hayes (musician)

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Martin Hayes
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Background information
Born (1962-07-04) 4 July 1962 (age 54)
Origin County Clare, Ireland
Genres Traditional Irish
Instruments Fiddle
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Green Linnet, Real World
Associated acts Dennis Cahill
P. J. Hayes
The Gloaming

Martin Hayes (born 4 July 1962) is a fiddler, born in Maghera (between Feakle and Tulla) in East County Clare, Ireland. He has been the All Ireland Fiddle Champion six times, and has won a National Entertainment Award, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2000 award for Instrumentalist of the Year. Hayes has recorded five albums – The Shores of Lough Graney with his father P. J. Hayes and Mark Gregory, his eponymous debut album (recorded with Randal Bays on guitar and Jim Chapman on the piano) Under the Moon (Steve Cooney on guitar - P. J. Hayes on fiddle - Randal Bays on guitar and fiddle - John Williams on concertina and accordion) and three (The Lonesome Touch, Live in Seattle and Welcome Here Again) with his longtime guitarist, Dennis Cahill. He has also appeared on a number of recordings with other musicians from east Clare including Christy McNamara's CD The House I was Reared In, Mary MacNamara's CD Traditional Music from East Clare and the Compilation CD Reeling Through the Years celebrating 20 years of music from the Feakle Festival.

Martin is a member of the contemporary Irish music band, The Gloaming, along with Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett, with whom he released an eponymous debut album in 2014 on Brassland Records (in the US) and Real World Records (rest of the world).

Martin plays regularly with The Tulla Céilí Band, of which his late father was a founding member. Martin is the musical director of the Masters of Tradition festival, which is held since 2003 in Bantry House (Bantry, Co. Cork) every summer.


  • The Shores of Lough Graney (1990, with PJ Hayes and Mark Gregory Ice Nine Productions ICE 003 Cassette)
  • The Shores of Lough Graney (re-released[1] on CD 2011 with P.J Hayes, Mark Gregory and Dennis Cahill Quillan Records CD 001)

Martin Hayes albums

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

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill albums

  • The 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)

Martin Hayes also appears on

  • 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)
  • In Concert by Kevin Burke (1999, Green Linnet #1196)
  • Diary of a Fiddler by Darol Anger 1999
  • Poor Man's Troubles by Bruce Molsky (2000, Rounder)
  • I Could Read the Sky by Iarla Ó Lionáird (2000, Real World Records)
  • Murphy's Irish Pub with Laura MacKenzie, John Williams and Dean Magraw (2005, Compass Productions)
  • The Wildlife Album (2005 Market Square Records Cat No. MSMCD134)
  • Sligo Live 06 (2006 Sligo Live Sampler, Promotional Use Only)
  • The House I Was Reared In by Christy McNamara (2007, Durra Records)
  • Reeling Through The Years (2007) compilation CD celebrating 20 years of the Feakle Festival
  • Today, Tomorrow & on Sunday (2008) by Helen Hayes (CDHHG 001)
  • The Humours of Tulla (2009) by The Tulla Comhaltas Archive Collection
  • Triúr Sa Draighean (2010) with Peadar Ó Riada and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
  • Triúr Arís (2012) with Peadar Ó Riada and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
  • Highlander's Farewell (2011) with Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, and Bruce Molsky
  • The Gloaming with Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett (2014, Brassland Records / Real World Records)


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