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Martin Hayes & The Common Ground announce debut album launch at NCH

December 16, 2022

“If there’s one thing that the Common Ground Ensemble shares with all of Hayes’s past projects, it’s the purity of the vision: that eternal musical quest” The Irish Times 

Martin Hayes & The Common Ground Ensemble return to the National Concert Hall for a special performance on Sunday March 26 to mark the release of their debut album Peggy’s Dream. 

Martin Hayes is one of the world’s most celebrated fiddle players and an influential figure in Irish traditional music. With the Common Ground Ensemble, Hayes has created an ensemble with its roots in traditional Irish music – the common ground of their name but possess a wealth of talent spanning trad Irish music, improvisation, arrangement, jazz, avant-garde and cutting edge contemporary classical.  

The Common Ground Ensemble comprises Cormac McCarthy (piano, ‘Cottage Evolution’), Kate Ellis (cello, Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble), Kyle Sanna (guitar, a collaborator with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile) and Brian Donnellan (bouzouki / harmonium / concertina, and, like Hayes, an alumnus of The Tulla Céilí Band). They possess a wealth of talent spanning the worlds of traditional Irish music, cutting edge contemporary classical, composition, improvisation and jazz, and avant-garde. 

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