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“Hayes has one of the most ravishing violin styles in all of Celtic music…Cahill’s gentle,
supportive accompaniment
adds precisely the right touch.”

Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare, almost telepathic musical kinship. The duo’s new album, Welcome Here Again, is a fresh departure; eighteen tracks, not one of them over seven minutes, but with that same burning intensity and depth of emotion found in their previous collaborations, The Lonesome Touch (1997) and Live in Seattle (1999). It was once common for Irish musicians to record one tune at a time, to make each one a self-contained masterpiece and in Welcome Here Again this tradition is revived. The mesmeric rhythms, the tantalizing slow release of melody, the extra tone from viola or tuned-down fiddle, all of that and more can be found on this album.

Welcome Here Again is the first release on Green Linnet since its acquisition by the Compass Records Group in May of 2006 and the first studio album by Hayes and Cahill in over a decade. Hayes and Cahill are featured on the cover of this month’s Irish Music Magazine and have upcoming reviews in The Irish Times and The Irish Echo. Martin Hayes is to be featured in The Wall Street Journal this March and is the recipient of TG4’s 2008 Gradam Ceoil Award for Traditional Musician of the Year. Hayes and Cahill will kick off their Australian tour on February 24, 2008.

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