Tommy Hayes and Matthew Noone's Irish-Indian Collaboration


Tommy Hayes and Matthew Noone's Irish-Indian Collaboration

AnTara to launch their new album in Dublin and Galway this week.

Last May, The Journal of Music published an article by Limerick-based, Australian-born sarode player Matthew ‘Mattu’ Noone. It documented the extraordinary concert tour of India that Noone, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill undertook in December 2014. The tour was also captured in a film by Myles O’Reilly titled The Sound of a Country.

Noone, who has studied North Indian classical music with Sougata Roy Chowdhury from Kolkata and K. Sridhar in the UKis now collaborating with renowned percussionist Tommy Hayes, formerly of Stockton’s Wing, in a group called AnTara, which in Sanskrit means ‘the space between’.

The Space Between is also the name of their debut album together. The duo have already performed three concerts around the country, but will launch their album at The Bello Bar in Dublin this Thursday 5 November and in The Crane Bar in Galway on 6 November. On 7 November they perform a house concert in Glendree, Co. Clare.

Recorded by Brendan O’Regan in Kinvara, The Space Between was mixed and mastered by Ensemble Ériu member Jack Talty and features Niamh O’ Brien on harp and vocals.

Watch a performance from Noone and Hayes below. For more, visit

Published on 4 November 2015

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