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The Lonesome Touch
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on 2 September 2005
This is the finest example of fiddle playing in the Irish traditional repertoire that I have ever heard, without exception. Martin Hayes is an outstanding technician and musician, a true virtuoso, and this allows him to evoke the spirit of the land and people that inspired this music more powerfully than ever before in my opinion. He treats the melodies with tremendous respect, and does not force any style or feeling upon them, rather letting them speak for themselves, through him. The music of County Clare is some of the most passionate and lyrical in the Irish folk tradition, and it's reels are arguably the finest written anywhere. Martin Hayes must be the greatest interpreter of this beatiful music that there has ever been.

Dennis Cahill, who accompanies Martin Hayes on this wonderful album, is perhaps the most influential guitarist in Celtic music today, and his style is something new to the genre, destined to be the basis of much that follows. His harmonic sense seems to incorporate elements of many other styles, and creates the perfect foundation for Hayes' exquisitely crafted melodies. His playing also explores the rhythms of the music superbly, and he seems to achieve much greater richness than his sparse style should allow. He seems as much a master of the guitar as Hayes is of the fiddle.

The musical link between Hayes and Cahill seems almost perfect, and Cahill seems to know precisely what Hayes will do next, and exactly how best to accentuate it. The interplay between them brings the music to life powerfully, and there is an obvious joy for them in this music. They seem to share such an intelligent vision of where the music is going, that at times it could be one person playing both instruments. Their dynamic performance incorporates spontaneity and precision, and lovers of both modern classical music and jazz will find interest here too.

Every piece in here is an absolute gem, and at the moment, my favourite is "Paddy Fahy's Reel" a wonderful traditional piece with a sweet, incredibly evocative melody, championed by it's namesake, one of Clare's most important players.

If you like Irish fiddle music, than this is a simply mandatory purchase, and I guarantee that you will be utterly blown away by it. If you are less familiar, please believe that this is the perfect way to introduce yourself to this powerful and evokative music.
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on 10 March 2001
I grew up listening to Irish Music being murdered by various ceili bands and developed a passionate hatred of the music from an early age. As I grew a little older, I came to like some elements of Irish Traditional but still disliked most of the jigs, reels and other dance tunes.
One night last year I attended a concert in St. John's Art Centre Listowel County Kerry and heard Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill play a concert of mainly Irish dance music - like I never heard it played before.
For a start, the two played together like the right and left hands of a concert pianist, so perfect was their coordination and timing. The rythm and energy was fantastic. The tunes, many of which were familiar, took on a completly new light. The music became transpearent and I could hear the people and the land behind the music. I have never enjoyed a concert so much before.
I rushed to buy two albums from this pair, 'The Lonesome Touch' and 'Live in Seattle'. These were the most played CDs ever in this household.
If you want to really hear irish Traditional Music buy these albums.
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on 17 April 2000
This is the best album to come out of Ireland in the last 10 years, and that is no mean feat with stiff competition from Solas and Altan. It should secure Hayes's place among the great modern fiddlers such as Kevin Burke and Sean Keane. His perfectly understated melodies are beautifully fleshed out by Cahill's guitar. I'm telling you, this album will change your life. When I first heard it, I found God!
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on 29 August 2013
This is a great album. Two brilliant musicians playing some fantastic tunes with talent and flare. I love the feeling behind this music.
Both musicians are inspirational to Irish music
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on 19 May 2015
Such a pleasure to listen to delightful skilled precision
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on 30 June 2015
Excellent value .Speedy service.
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on 10 January 2016
Such exquisite and moving music. The playing is so sensitive and evocative.
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on 11 April 2016
3 * in comparison to 'The Gloaming 2' (which is 5*)
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