Martin Hayes one of the Greatest?
Having read in a publication recently that Cahill and Hayes are the most exciting duo in Irish Music today because of their ‘almost telepathy sensitivity to each others playing’, got me thinking…
To be honest when I first heard his played I didn’t like it is as it seemed to be over the top.
However after buying ‘The Lonesome Touch ’ cd I’ve got addicted to it.
To me one of the great things about Hayes’ playing is that is has gone the opposite direction of the ‘speed merchants’ whos tunes tend to all sound the same, he plays in a way which really emphasis’s the melodic diversity of each tune. This coupled with his great tone, flow and phrasing makes his playing a joy to hear.
Also his steady, easy going pace seems to capture the west of Ireland’s rural relaxed spirit.
I think for that alone he should be applauded.
What do you think?