Martin Hayes & the Common Ground Ensemble @ Kilkenny Arts Festival 2022
Martin Hayes has always delighted in the collision of musical worlds. As co-curator of the Marble City Sessions, Hayes has spent almost a decade devising unique collaborations with musicians from allover the world, and his passion for innovation gave him an idea: what artists would he choose to work with in an ideal world?
The Common Ground Ensemble answers that question, bringing together pianist Cormac McCarthy, cellist Kate Ellis, guitarist Kyle Sanna and Brian Donnellan on bouzouki, harmonium and concertina. Together these extraordinary musicians span every musical genre from contemporary classical music to jazz, but they unite around a love of traditional Irish music, their ‘common ground’. ‘I want this to be the most fun I can have while I’m on stage,’ Hayes has said of his new project, and this concert - graced by special guests from this year’s programme - promises to bring the Marble City Sessions to an exhilarating close.