Irish Icons Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill in Berryville, VA April 28

Counry Clare, Ireland - Renowned Irish duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill bring their innovative take on Irish music to the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA, in the Northern Shenandoah Valley on Friday, April 28th, at 8:00PM.

“You’re about to watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic,” NPR raves about the duo. The New York Times says “simply exquisite.”

Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill are two of Irish music’s most influential artists. They have been exploring and expanding the tradition together for more than two decades. Their soulful interpretations, pioneering arrangements, and creative collaborations—from jazz diva Cassandra Wilson to bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs—have made a huge impact on the genre.

Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning album this year, Sing Me Home, is only the latest collaboration for Hayes.

“Make no mistake, Hayes is the most innovative and influential fiddler on the Irish scene today,” says The Boston Globe. “He and guitarist Cahill deconstruct Irish melodies in revolutionary ways.”

Martin Hayes was raised in rural County Clare to a musical family, taking lessons in the kitchen from his father, well-known fiddler P Joe Hayes. By age 19 Martin had won six All-Ireland fiddle championships, the first of numerous international awards. Just named Artist in Residence at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Hayes is considered one of Ireland’s foremost musicians of any genre.
“The message always coming to me from my father and lots of the finest musicians of County Clare was their idea of musical feeling,” says Hayes. “Music had to have feeling or it was nothing.”

Dennis Cahill’s work is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Born into Chicago’s Irish community to parents from County Kerry, Dennis came to traditional music late. His passion was folk, blues, and jazz, as well as classical guitar studies at the prestigious Chicago Music College. This expertise informs his spare essential playing and fresh arrangements and harmonies that make the duo unique among traditional players.

Hayes and Cahill have performed around the world at such venues as Lincoln Center, The Royal Albert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. They have performed for President Obama and other world leaders, and collaborated with artists from jazz guitar great Bill Frisell to the Irish Chamber Orchestra. They have three acclaimed recordings together on Green Linnet/Compass.

The duo also helped found the experimental Irish-American ‘supergroup’ The Gloaming, which has been hailed from NPR to the Guardian. The Gloaming won Ireland’s Meteor Choice Prize, the Grammy equivalent, for their debut CD of new Irish music.

“At its best music is a truly ecstatic experience,” says Hayes. “We strive to reach and share that state each night with the audience. The great genius of Irish music is contained within the melody itself.”

The Barns of Rose Hill is a performing arts venue and community center located in historic downtown Berryville, VA. The venue is located at 95 Chalmers Court. Tickets for this performance are $25, $35 at the door, and available online at or by calling the box office at 540-955-2004.