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National Concert Hall Announces Live Shows for Glen Hansard and Martin Hayes

September 24, 2021

The National Concert Hall’s REFRACTIONS series continues with two very special events this October.

On Tuesday 12th October acclaimed fiddler Martin Hayes joins Donal Dineen for a night of absorbing conversation to mark the publication of his memoir Shared Notes (Penguin). 

Later in the month on Thursday 28th October one of Ireland’s best-loved singer-songwriters, Glen Hansard returns to the Dublin stage for the first time since the pandemic to make his NCH headline show debut. This concert will also be livestreamed globally. 

Robert Read, CEO of the National Concert Hall said: “We are very excited to announce these two exceptional additions to our autumn series. Martin Hayes and Glen Hansard are without a doubt two of the finest Irish artists working today. Martin Hayes, whether solo, with Dennis Cahill, The Gloaming or in another of his many guises is an outstanding exemplar of the Irish traditional form. As someone at the vanguard of the genre from an early age his memoir is the story of an important era in its evolution. Glen Hansard is an exceptional talent whose extraordinary song-writing has resonated deeply not only with Irish fans but also a huge international audience, he is the voice of a generation. We are delighted to welcome Glen for his debut National Concert Hall headline show, which marks his return to the Dublin stage.”  

Martin Hayes is one of the key figures in Irish traditional music. He began playing the fiddle at the age of seven in his native East Clare and went on to become a multiple All Ireland Fiddle Champion as a teenager. He went on to form a successful duo with Chicago guitarist in the late 80s and also enjoyed solo success. In 2011 he founded Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming who have released three successful studio albums and Live at the NCH. His life is the story of Irish traditional music from the 1960’s to the current day: how it works, why it matters and how it continues to connect generations of the past to those of the future. 

Glen Hansard is one of our great live performers, the power of his shows has been compared to a spiritual experience, both joyous and unifying. Hansard rose to fame as frontman of legendary Irish act The Frames, who last year celebrated their 30th birthday. He was one half of folk duo The Swell Season, along with Czech pianist and vocalist Markéta Irglová. Together, they share an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly,” from the film Once, in which they both starred. More recently he has released four solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated Didn’t He Ramble (2015), as well as a number of EPs and a live record. Glen is currently working on material for his next solo record. 

All tickets on sale Friday 24th September at 10am.     

All tickets available from   

Martin Hayes Tickets: In Person €15 / Ticket and Book Bundle €30 

Glen Hansard Tickets: in Person €35 / Global Livestream €17.50. Livestream will be available for 48 hours. 

This concert is supported by  the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media. 


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