Martin Hayes Masterclass – 2nd of October 2016

martin2It is with great pleasure and excitement that will be organising an unique fiddle Masterclass with the world-famous Clare fiddle player Martin Hayes on the 2nd of October this month!

Martin Hayes, known for his long-lasting musical partnership with Dennis Cahill and his latest work with The Gloaming, will conduct this Masterclass for all levels demonstrating bowing techniques, melody interpretations, variations and improvisations from Irish traditional music. This is a 90 minute class open to students at all levels.

The playing of Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes releases the pure, distilled beauty and vast emotional depths of traditional Irish music. Martin plays in the unhurried, lyrical style of his native East County Clare. Martin has been an All-Ireland fiddle champion six times over, and has taken home a National Entertainment Award, the Irish equivalent of the Grammy, for Traditional Musician of the Year.

When and Where

The date of this Masterclass is:

Sunday October 2nd: 19:00 – 20:30


Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Boschoord
Gemullehoekenweg 143
5062 SB Oisterwijk


Prior to the workshop, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will perform in concert in the same town of Oisterwijk. This concert is not organised by and tickets for this concert can be obtained directly from the GUO Concerten website.


The cost of this Masterclass is €45,- per person. This includes tuition fee only; refreshments can be obtained from the venue (additional charges may apply).


To register for this Masterclass, please follow these two steps:

  1. Contact Martin van Hensbergen at to state your desire to participate in the workshop.
  2. Transfer the fee to the following bank account:  Martin van Hensbergen, NL89 RABO 0330 6021 95, with description: ‘Martin Hayes’

Your registration is not final until payment has been received. It is important to also send the e-mail so we can keep you up-to-date with the latest developments regarding the Masterclass.

Limited places available so please register soon to avoid disappointment.


This Masterclass is open to fiddle players of all levels, who already have some knowledge about Irish Traditional Music.


If you have any questions regarding the Masterclass, from registration to prerequisites, please contact Martin van Hensbergen at


Martin Hayes receives the Musician of the Year award in 2008:

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill play a couple of tunes for the television program HUP: