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Martin Hayes

  • 1. The Morning Star / The Caoilte Mountains
    2. Paddy Fahy's Jig / Sean Ryan's Jig
    3. The Whistler From Rosslea / Connor Dunn's
    4. Meldy: The Golden Castle / Billy Malley's Schottishe
    5. Star of Munster, The
    6. The Colliers / Johnny's Wedding
    7. P.J. MacNamara's / John Naughton's
    8. The Brown Coffin / The Good Natured Man
    9. Joe Bane's / The Green Gowned Lass
    10. I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave / The Rooms Of Doogh / The Mist Covered Mountain
    11. Britches, The
    12. Tommy Coen's Reel / The Swallow
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1127

  • Credits
    ProducerMartin Hayes
    EngineerBilly Oskay

    Martin Hayes is a six-time All Ireland fiddling champion.
    Martin Hayes was just coming to international prominence when this, his first solo album, was released. He plays fiddle in a style modeled on the playing of the older fiddlers in his home county of Clare in the west of Ireland; it 's a gentle, understated approach, never very fast, with lots of slides and a subtle but very expressive use of dynamics. On this album, Hayes had not yet achieved the maturity of tone that would later manifest itself on his next effort (Under the Moon, GLCD 1155), nor is his intonation as effortlessly perfect as it would later become. But his basic conception is fully in place: his aching, midtempo delivery of "The Morning Star" (which is usually played much more briskly) is completely convincing, as is his intricate solo turn on "The Star of Munster" and the simple but gorgeous "The Britches." Guitarist Randal Bayes is a modest presence throughout, but pay attention to what he's doing and you'll find it's almost as impressive as Hayes' playing. ~ Rick Anderson

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