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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Here Again, 10 April 2008
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Michael Furey "thefurey" (England) - See all my reviews
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Anyone who rates Martin Hayes will want this anyway but for those who've yet to hear him there's a treat in store. Hayes is on his usual form here, treating each tune as a separate entity with a life of its own. In this, he's following the old style players; they almost always played tunes singly rather than in sets. All but four of the 18 tracks are single tunes, some well-known like 'An Rogaire Dubh' (The Black Rogue), others that I suspect are new tunes, like 'P Joe's Reel'.

I've always felt that Hayes' treatment of a tune gives it time to breathe; it's as if he's exploring the tune rather than just playing it. Hayes was a great admirer of the late Tommy Potts and, on some of these tracks, it shows. He doesn't go as far out on a tune as Potts used to but the influence is still there. Although some of the tunes are played relatively slowly for dance music, Hayes is well capable of striking sparks from the others. His fiddle-playing is relaxed but still has the fire of his Clare background. At first listening, it's typical Hayes; on further listening, it's Hayes at his best. I rushed to buy it as soon as it was released; I'm glad that I did. I didn't expect to be disappointed, and I wasn't. Oops! I almost forgot to credit Dennis Cahill for his impeccable guitar accompaniment.

My only niggle is the packaging of the CD; a 3-fold cardboard sleeve that at first sight seems better suited to a promotional release rather than Green Linnet's usual standard. It looks like I'll need to perform surgery on it and keep it in a proper jewel case. Mind you, 'jewel case' is appropriate for 'Welcome Here Again'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Music at its best, 8 Jun 2011
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Sean P. Browne "SEBRO" (London England) - See all my reviews
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This is a confident set from Hayes and Cahill the playing on this album is superb.
There are natural genius in all forms of musics we have Hendrix on the Guitar Miles on the Trumpet Jarrett on piano and I think on the folk fiddle we have Mr Hayes, an undoubted genius!
The opening track The Clare reel is just superb I can't stop playing it,Hayes style is not like most fiddle players he almost makes the tunes talk to you, his fiddle has its own voice it's so distinctive.
Sometimes this type of music /album to the casual listener can become tedious dull or samey, this album is not like that, not with this calibre of musical improvisation and style.
Hayes and Cahill continue in the fine tradition of County Clare Traditional musicians.
For lovers of this style of music you will not be disappointed.
A little word on Mr Cahill he makes the music move along with his unselfish rhythm playing they are a fine duo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC FOR THE SOUL.., 7 Jan 2012
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Another triumph for Irish violin/fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes, and long time partner master guitarist Dennis Cahill. Here as ever, Martin has taken a string of traditional tunes and imbued them with his own inimitable and totally compelling style.

Though maintaining the traditional steady rhythms of his native County Clare, Martin yet manages to free them up a little, with his characteristically inspired, and inspiring interpretations - making the music come truly alive, and redefining the more conservative parameters of `Trad' with spirit and verve.

It is Martin Hayes'sss unique and instantly recognisable soundscape that that keeps his audiences entranced, and keeps them coming back for more, whether it be in America, or the far reaches of Asia, or simply jamming in the mother's living room in county Clare!

There are around 18 separate tracks/tunes on this 2008 album - a blend of amazing reels, and jigs (though some quite short), with a couple of rather melancholy `slow airs' to balance things out. On listening to it at first, it felt that on a few tracks at the beginning, the violin / fiddle seemed to take a back seat to the other instruments - which sometimes sounded a little too `center stage' for my liking. However after listening to it over and over (as you do with Martin Hayes), that doesn't seem a real problem now.. To compensate, there are a couple of wonderfully wild tracks towards the end featuring classic Martin in full throttle...feet going...hair flying...he's off!!

I would definitely recommend this CD for anyone with any sensitivity for traditional fiddle music played with real soul and zest! Don't be without his earlier CDs either - they're as good if not better! For Martin Hayes newbies - don't think about it too long - life's too short!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lycial dreaming, 22 July 2011
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This a really lovely recording. I went to hear them at the Bath Music Festival and it was great to see then BUT due to the poor acoustics of the venue much of the subtle conversation between the two instruments was lost. In this recoding it is all there, fantastic
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