Martin Hayes makes an eagerly awaited return to St Canice’s with his newest groundbreaking ensemble. Mixing traditional tunes with unconventional instruments – courtesy of guitarist Dennis Cahill, viola d’amore player Liz Knowles, and clarinettist Doug Wieselman – the Martin Hayes Quartet is busy redefining how traditional music can sound. The result, ‘intimate in feel and panoramic in scope’ (Journal of Music), is a beguiling blend of tradition and innovation at once familiar and utterly fresh. For this year’s concert, the quartet is complemented by dancer Sandy Silva, another unique performer whose work takes a fresh approach to traditional forms.

'a masterclass in interpretation...yet another though provoking escapade to relish' The Irish Times