Martin Hayes is an Irish fiddle player from County Clare, Ireland, from a family with strong Irish music traditions. His father, P. Joe Hayes was also a notable fiddle player.

Hayes is known for his emotive and expressive fiddle playing, often characterized by a slower, more contemplative approach to traditional Irish tunes. He had a longtime musical partnership with guitarist Dennis Cahill, known for its minimalist and intimate interpretation of Irish music with a “slow-fuse” interpretation of tunes and sets.

He is a member of The Gloaming, an Irish-American supergroup that blends traditional Irish music with contemporary and experimental influences. Hayes has received numerous accolades, including awards from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, recognizing his contributions to folk and traditional music, and is engaged in teaching and promoting traditional Irish music through workshops and masterclasses worldwide.

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