News About

Brooklyn Rider

Brooklyn Rider and Martin Hayes Release “The Butterfly”

The Butterfly, the long awaited collaboration between omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes has landed. Listen to the album here and read what the critics are saying…

From The Irish Times:
Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider – The Butterfly review: Masterclass in risk-taking
By Siobhan Long

“Celebrating the elemental qualities inherent in our musical tradition, this collaboration between east Clare fiddle player, Martin Hayes and Brooklyn Rider, (aptly described as an “omnivorous” string quartet by 251 Records) is a masterclass in risk-taking and at the same time an unapologetic doffing of their collective caps to the seemingly simple tunes that form the backbone of most early traditional musicians’ repertoires.

The Butterfly, one of the linchpins of our tradition, finds itself woven into a stringed experiment of almost Schoenberg proportions, replete with muted dissonance and foreboding that one would never have dreamed could characterise this most delicate and sociable of tunes. And yet it works: boldly, gloriously even…A collection best savoured slowly, again and again.”

Full review


The traditional music of the world would die without risk-takers like Martin Hayes

By Seamus Bellamy

“I’ve talked about Hayes’ work here in the past: his moody style of playing is just as much the result of his upbringing in County Clare at the feet of his father, famed fiddler P.J. Hayes, as it is his own genius. In 2015, Hayes’s band, The Gloaming, won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, beating the tar out acts like U2, Hozier and Damien Rice in the process.

This month, Hayes’ latest venture broke cover. The Butterfly—the first of, hopefully, many collaborations from Martin Hayes and Brooklyn Rider—is a bold, classically-aligned take on Irish trad music. I’ve been listening to it as part of my work-music rotation for the past few days.

Like all of Hayes’ recent work, it’s challenging, especially to anyone who’s well-versed in Irish trad. That the tunes bring this challenge to listeners of other genres that may have never considered Irish jigs, reels or marches to hold any aural legitimacy is an astounding, brave accomplishment: one that could help keep the music of a people alive in hearts and minds for years to come.”

Full review