After college and a spell setting up his own business, he moved to Chicago and took up the fiddle again after a dry spell. He spent a number of years playing on the local circuit as well as playing with the short-lived rock band, Midnight Court. His success in Chicago made him one of the best known fiddlers in America and lead to his first US album, on the Green Linnet label. He is now based in Seattle, tours extensively and continues the oral tradition by teaching, both in the US and in the Willie Clancy summer school, at home in Clare.
The Lonesome Touch is a phrase I have heard in my native County Clare all my life. It is used to describe a person's music. It is the intangible aspect of music that is both elusive and essential. The word lonesome expresses a sadness, a blue note, a sour note. Even though the music bares the trace of struggle and of pain, it is also the means of uplift, transcendence to joy and celebration.
The lonesome touch is something that is difficult to achieve. One is forced to put the requirements of the music before all personal considerations, to play honestly from the heart with no motive other than the selfless expression of joy and beauty for their own sake.
1997 The Lonesome Touch GL1181 1995 Under the Moon GL1155 1993 Martin Hayes GL1127 1990 The Shores of Lough Graney Ice Nine cassette (Martin and P.J. Hayes) also featured in: 1991 The Boston College Fiddle Festival: My Love is in America GL1110 1991 The Humours of Clare ClareFM 1979 An Fhidil,Sraith I Gael Linn CEF 068 (with Seamus Glackin, Maurice Lennon & Sean Montgomery) 1977 Slogadh Naisiunta Champions Gael Linn (out of press?)
All of Martin's major works can be ordered online from CD Universe, with information including track listings and downloadable audio samples.
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