MARTIN HAYES & DEN­NIS CAHILL

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Wel­come Here Again Green Lin­net

The Zen mas­ter of the fid­dle, Martin Hayes is wel­come here again with an­other spare col­lec­tion, ac­com­pa­nied with cus­tom­ary re­straint by gui­tarist Den­nis Cahill. Hayes’s ge­nius is for un­pick­ing the essence of a tune, delv­ing deep be­neath its epi­der­mis and lur­ing out the id­iosyn­cra­cies that might be swal­lowed up in the melee of a lengthy set. His dis­tinc­tive mu­si­cal ac­cent makes its mark from the opener, The Clare Reel, a tune that he’s made all his own. Hayes’s east Clare ca­dences man­i­fest in his lan­guid bow­ing and his grace­ful, fe­line pac­ing. Cahill’s gui­tar shadow boxes with Hayes’s fid­dle with re­mark­able self-dis­ci­pline, sated in the back­ground save for the oc­ca­sional foray up front, with the in­tri­cate O’Reilly’s Grey­hound set of reels. A mag­nif­i­cent re­turn to the stu­dio, and a timely re­minder that less is so much more. www.com­pass records.com Down­load track: The Night Poor Larry Was Stretched

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