Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Instructors
Instructor Website: http://www.socksinthefryingpan.com/
Teaching M11: Fiddle, Advanced Irish and M16: Fiddle, Intermediate Irish
Fiachra Hayes started playing the fiddle and any other instruments that he could get his hands on from the tender age of three! Along with being encouraging by his family, he was inspired by the great musicians living in Ennis, which is a town steeped in traditional Irish music. His traditional fiddle teachers who have influenced his playing include Joan Hanrahan and Aisling Mulhern. He had begun music tuition on classical violin in ‘The Clare Music Makers’ from a very young age. Here he loved playing as many instruments as he could get his hands on which including the piano, mandolin, whistle and guitar. Having been influenced by his older brother who had been playing traditional Irish music Fiachra chanced his arm at the button accordion for a time and did not stop there. He states that he always had a special love for the banjo, having been inspired by his neighbor and close friend Steven Madden (RIP). This love can be heard clearly thought the liveliness of his playing on the band new CD.
But it is his fiddle playing that was his first musical passion and he has been recognized as an outstanding player in his field. He has participated and won many music competitions including the prestigious ‘Ceol an Gheimhridh’ and the under eighteen fiddle competition in County Clare. He shares these titles with such renowned musicians as Martin Hayes, Paddy Canny and Tara Breen, to name but a few. This, along with having competed on the All Ireland stage with varying groups from County Clare strengthened his musicianship.
He has the musical capability and intuition to easily adapt to varying musical style and genres, gigging with local rock, blues and indie bands in his spare time. He reached the final of TG4 program ‘Feis and Blood’ and has just completed a teaching degree with music from Mary Immaculate College Limerick.