Feast of fiddling

The Reel Thing goes out with a bang this June with legendary traditional duo Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill playing on Thursday 5th June at Roscommon Arts Centre, pictured right. After what promises to be a spectacular night of music and craic, The Reel Thing is taking a break until September when it returns to bring you more of the best in local, national and international traditional music talent. Born near Feakle in East Clare in 1962 Martin Hayes grew up in a family steeped in Irish music. His father PJ was a founder member of the famed Tulla Céilí Band and noted Clare fiddler Paddy Canny was an uncle. The young Martin was aware of the music from the moment he could hear and picked it up not from recordings but from the primary source. Having learned the fiddle from an early age, he moved to Chicago in his early twenties and it was there that he met American guitarist Denis Cahill, a man who was to become his life-long friend and playing partner.  International distinction Together they have garnered international distinction for taking traditional music to the very edge of the genre, holding listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances. They have recorded three critically acclaimed albums together on Green Linnet Records, The Lonesome Touch (1997) and Live in Seattle (1999) and most recently, Welcome Here Again.