Martin Hayes has been called the most important Irish fiddler of his generation. He has won every accolade offered an Irish musician, including a 1998 award dubbing him Ireland's "Best Traditional Artist." In guitarist Dennis Cahill, Martin has found the perfect foil, a collaborator equally drawn to subtle invention and exploration of his instrument. Live in Seattle, their second recording together, documents their intimate interplay one special evening at the Tractor Tavern. Combining a jazz sensitivity with the potential of a melody with a classicist's sense of timbre, Martin and Dennis explore the melodies of County Clare in a way unique to Celtic music. From the playful interpretations of classic tunes to an epic twenty-seven minute medley that is the hallmark of their live shows, Live in Seattle puts you in the front seat for new directions in Celtic music.
"Hayes has one of the most ravishing violin styles in all of Celtic music: the vocal quality of his tone brings an incomparable feeling of warmth to everything he plays. Cahill's gentle, supportive accompaniment adds precisely the right touch. -The Los Angeles Times