Martin Hayes and the Common Ground Ensemble

World premiere



Feb 3, 2022 – Feb 6, 2022



Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


Martin Hayes’ virtuosic interpretations of Irish traditional melodies and eclectic collaborations, including the Gloaming (deemed “contemporary music-making at its best” by the Irish Times), have made him one of the most influential and impactful musicians in modern history. His newest undertaking, the Common Ground Ensemble, debuts this spring at Irish Arts Center in New York and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and once again showcases the enduring language of Irish music in a global context.

Martin Hayes, fiddle
Cormac McCarthy, piano
Kate Ellis, cello
Kyle Sanna, guitar
Brian Donnellan, bouzouki, harmonium & concertina

Special guests
Friday | Jefferson Hamer, guitar & mandolin and Rob Jost, bass
Saturday | Nora Brown, banjo and Stephanie Coleman, fiddle
Sunday | Dana Lyn, fiddle

“If there’s one thing that the Common Ground Ensemble shares with all of Hayes’s past projects, it’s the purity of the vision: that eternal musical quest”—IRISH TIMES

Thu-Sat | 8pm
Sun | 7pm



Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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