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Martin Hayes Quartet Brings the Best of Irish Music to Hopewell Theater October 12

HOPEWELL, NJ (August 6, 2018) –The Martin Hayes Quartet, a new ensemble from one of Ireland's foremost musicians, will perform unique interpretations of traditional Irish music at the Hopewell Theater on Fri., Oct. 12th at 8:00 p.m. 
Irish fiddler Martin Hayes is known worldwide for his soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music. The award-winning artist has collaborated with Paul Simon, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Frisell, and with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble on the Grammy-winning album "Sing Me Home." 

His new Martin Hayes Quartet is called "a highly resonant coming together" by the Irish Times. The group expands upon many of the musical ideas Martin has pursued in his renowned and longstanding partnership with guitarist Dennis Cahill. Their legendary explorations and arrangements of Irish music now push into new territory with the deep mellow sound of bass clarinet, played by the virtuosic Doug Wieselman (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Antony & the Johnsons), and the warm tones of the viola played by the brilliant Liz Knowles (Bobby McFerrin, Bang-on-a-Can Orchestra, Riverdance). Cahill, a classically-trained guitarist from Chicago, provides his groundbreaking Irish accompaniment.
"I love the chemistry we share as a group. Each performance is unique, spontaneous and buzzing with energy!" says Hayes. Born and raised in County Clare, Hayes began learning fiddle from his father at age seven. He is regarded as one of Ireland's most influential traditional musicians, known for his soulful and adventurous approach to the music.

Hayes launched his new quartet in the U.S. in 2016 with a sold-out four-night residency at the Irish Arts Center in New York City.  It later toured Ireland and the U.K. Their first album "The Blue Room" was released there to great acclaim by the Irish and English press: "absolutely essential listening when it comes to the very best of contemporary Irish music" (Arts Desk UK), "especially divine" (The Sunday Business Post), and "nothing short of revelatory" (Glasgow Life). "The Blue Room" will be released in the U.S. in October as the quartet makes their first American tour.
With a wealth of musical experience and exciting new ideas, The Martin Hayes Quartet is simultaneously ancient and contemporary, innovative and authentic.
"We are excited to welcome these masters of Irish music to Hopewell," says Sara Scully, executive director, Hopewell Theater. "Bringing talented musicians from diverse genres to our audiences helps to fulfill our mission of bringing the best eclectic and extraordinary programming to the region."
Tickets to The Martin Hayes Quartet performance are available online and start at $50.
About Hopewell Theater
Hopewell Theater offers a range of unique cultural experiences, from independent film and live music to guest speakers, artists and performances. Patrons can dine-in on small plates from local restaurants or just come for the show. Film buffs will particularly enjoy a state-of-the-art movie theater in Hopewell, NJ with a dine-in menu. A landing spot, a launch pad, and an incubator, Hopewell Theater is also a place where artists can play, practice, perform or show their passion project on the big screen. The theater is available to rent, at both hourly and day-rates.

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