One of the world's most celebrated fiddle players & highly influential Irish musician Martin Hayes brings the first outing of his Common Ground Ensemble to the National Concert Hall for their Perspectives series on March 14 & 15.
Rooted in traditional Irish music, they draw in musicians cut from various cloths - improvisors, arrangers, jazz, avant-garde & contemporary classical. “Even though there’ll be plenty of space for people to develop their own parts, the larger picture will be driven by my vision for the music. We’ll be seeing what the tune wants to say and seeing how the band can support that. With years of performing I have a sense of what brings me the deepest joy and what gets to the heart of the music” says Hayes, who founded The Gloaming, and has worked with Bill Frisell, Yo-Yo Ma & Paul Simon.
As well as Hayes, the lineup features Cormac McCarthy on piano, Kate Ellis on cello, Kyle Sanna on guitar, Brian Donnellan on bouzouki, harmonium & concertina, with special guests David Power on uileann pipes & Síle Denver as sean-nós singer & harpist.
Tickets, priced from €27.50, are available from NCH.ie. Things begin at 8pm.