Martin Hayes with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

“The extraordinary fiddle player Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most remarkable talents in the world of Irish traditional music, and one of the most important musicians to come out of Ireland in the last 50 years. His unique sound, astonishing talent and spellbinding performances – not to mention his wit – have made his concerts stand-out musical highlights of recent years. Having collaborated with musicians from other genres such as jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and eclectic violinist Darol Anger, tonight for the first time he joins the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for an unmissable evening.

Audiences will witness a very special first with the world première of a concerto by David Flynn, commissioned by RTÉ specially for Martin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. David’s ability to draw on the influence and sounds of traditional music without, as he says, ever stealing a tune has won him both acclaim from critics – ‘incorporated traditional Irish music without Hollywood pastiche’ (The Times) – and traditional musicians. Martin himself believes that David ‘occupies a unique position in the world of music: his work reflects an intimate and respectful knowledge of the Irish folk tradition along with deep insight and skill in the world of modern classical composition’.

Martin and the full orchestra will also let loose on a rich selection of traditional tunes. An evening of luminous music to warm the heart, uplift the soul and send you out fully insulated against an Irish winter.”

Tickets: €11, €22, €27, €33, €38 (concessions €10, €20, €24, €30, €34)
Booking: 01 417 0000 or online www.nch.ie

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