The Stray Birds, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Hiss Golden Messenger and More on Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

The Stray Birds, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Hiss Golden Messenger and More on Mountain Stage

Sun ยท April 30, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 9:30 pm)

$10 -$35

This event is all ages

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds
When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world's leading innovators in traditional Irish music. Their deep interpretations are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. The New York Times calls them "a Celtic complement to Steve Reich's Quartets and Miles Davis's 'Sketches of Spain.'" The duo make a rare visit to Colorado this May.
Fiddle player Martin Hayes was born and raised in rural County Clare, the son of esteemed fiddler PJ Hayes, and is acknowledged as one of Ireland's most innovative and influential artists. A former member of his father's renowned Tulla Ceili Band, Martin had won six All-Ireland Fiddle Championships by age 19. He has performed with Sting, Paul Simon, and Sinead O'Connor; and taught Jeremy Irons to play a fiddle tune. His many awards include Folk Instrumentalist of the Year (BBC), Spirit of Ireland Honoree (Irish Arts Center), Man of the Year (American Irish Historical Society), and Musician of the Year (TG4 Gradam Ceol, Ireland).
Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from County Kerry, Ireland. His background includes study in classical, jazz, blues, and folk. Dennis's spare, essential accompaniment to Hayes' fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. The duo have three acclaimed albums together on Compass/Green Linnet Records; the latest is Welcome Here Again.
Martin and Dennis are also making waves with their award winning new band The Gloaming, who just took Ireland's top award the Meteor Choice Award for the best album of 2014. The self-titled CD, called "astonishingly beautiful" by NPR, rocketed to the top of Irish charts and landed on many best of year lists for 2014 including NPR, The Guardian, and The Irish Times. The group has performed at Lincoln Center, the Royal Albert Hall for the Irish PM and the Royal family, and for the European Union in Brussels.

Martin and Dennis continue their musical conversation with audiences worldwide -- as a duo, with the Gloaming, and with their many other projects. Their deep knowledge of the tradition and ability to place it within a wider contemporary context combine for moving new interpretations of Irish music. "The musical explorations are a means of shedding light on an ongoing artistic journey, as well as a challenge to any rigidity of thought, " says Hayes.
Hiss Golden Messenger
Venue Information:
WVU Lyell B Clay Concert Theatre
2261 Monongahela Boulevard
Morgantown, WV, 26506