Martin Hayes chats with Ger Sweeney

Martin Hayes has travelled the world with his fiddle. His performances and recordings expose his audiences to his personal interpretation of the traditional Irish music that has been handed down from generation to generation. Nights by the fire at home in East Clare as a boy listening to traditional music and playing with the Tulla Céilí Band as a teenager lit the flame of passion. We experience that passion every time we listen to Martin play, in whatever setting.

Recently, Martin and Ger Sweeney chatted for Ger’s Irish radio programme on Spain-based Talk Radio Europe. Here is that conversation.


The Emerald Conversations Episode 7. Tom Cussen and David Sanders from Shaskeen

The band Shaskeen celebrates 50 years on the road this year. Tom Cussen was the man that put the band together in London in 1970. David Sanders wasn’t even born in 1970 but today he is the latest recruit to the band that has done so much to promote traditional Irish music and song over the years.

The release of the band’s new albim in celebration of its 50 years was dampened by the unexpected loss of two of its long-time members, Pat Broderick and Pat Costello within 4 days of each other.

Tom and David talk about all aspects of the band as they chat with Ger Sweeney.