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Sorcha Coller

Sorcha Coller

Associate Director


Worldwide General Management with Askonas Holt

About Martin

Praised by the Irish Times as a musician with an “insatiable appetite for adventure”, Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most significant talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. He is the founder of the musical supergroup The Gloaming, The Common Ground Ensemble, and the Martin Hayes Quartet. He is the artistic director of Masters of Tradition, an annual festival in Cork, Ireland, and a co-curator for the Marble Sessions at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland.

Martin has performed in venues such as the Barbican, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne, Philharmonie de Paris, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, and Usher Hall, Edinburgh. In 2023 Martin performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement. He has created collaborations in the classical, folk and contemporary music worlds such as Bill Frisell, Ricky Skaggs, Jordi Savall, Brooklyn Rider and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra. He has performed on stage with musicians such as Sting and Paul Simon and has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project.

Recent and future highlights include a tour of the UK and Ireland with The Common Ground Ensemble, to cities including Dublin, Edinburgh, and London; an appearance at The Auckland Arts festival in New Zealand; a concert at the Fundacion Juan Marche in Madrid, Spain; a concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and appearances at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland. In 2023, Martin released his first recording entitled “Peggy’s Dream” with the Common Ground Ensemble, which received a 5-star review in the Irish Times.

Growing up in a musical family in rural county Clare, Ireland, in a remote mountainous locality with a rich music tradition, instilled in him a deep love, understanding and connection to traditional music.

Martin is based in Spain


Worldwide General Management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Oct 2023
Hackney Arts Centre
EartH at Hackney Arts Centre Martin Hayes & The Common Ground Ensemble
Oct 2023
Redgrave Theatre, Bristol
Martin Hayes & the Common Ground Ensemble
Oct 2023
Vicar Street, Dublin
Martin Hayes & The Common Ground Ensemble




  • Peggy's Dream - album review

    Mar 2023
    • An unquenchable affinity with the melody line has defined Martin Hayes’s musical odyssey, along with an insatiable appetite for adventure.