CHENNAI: While it is raining concerts in the city, here is an Irish affair with an American twist. One of the best known fiddle players in the world, Martin Hayes, from Ireland, will be performing along with US guitarist Dennis Cahill at Moon and Sixpence, Hablis, on Thursday. Martin is famed to have performed for Hollywood movies like Byzantium and Albert Nobbs.
The event is part of the Red Carpet Extravaganza, that is being organised by the pub to mark the Irish Embassy’s 50th year in India. As far as the artistes are concerned, the duo is on an India tour, and has already performed with Karaikudi S Subramanian at Brhaddhvani, a centre for holistic music education, in a global context during their stay here, and a tribute show to the late maestro Mandolin Srinivas, at the Russian Cultural Centre. They are in the city after stopovers at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru for performances.
Martin, who is on his first visit to the country, says, “I’ve always been curious about India because of its diverse audience and multiple genres of music. I am looking forward to experiencing the music culture here first hand and I am very excited to perform my first western jugalbandhi with Dennis.” The performance, which will take place between 8 pm and midnight, will see a series of classical pieces by Martin.
Commenting on the western jugalbandhi, Rajesh Devarajan, MD of Hablis, said that the performance would be a homage to Irish culture. According to Naveen Kumar, manager, The Moon and Sixpence, this is the third time they are bringing international artistes to perform in the city.
Catch the performance at Moon and Sixpence today. The duo will also be performing along with Mattu Noone and Karaikudi S Subramanian at the Egmore Museum Theatre on December 19, tickets for which are available at eventjini.com