Renowned Irish musicians coming to Qualicum Beach

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will host concert and workshop May 2

Internationally recognized Irish musicians Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will be in Qualicum Beach this weekend. On May 2, the duo will perform and host a set of workshops for local musicians.

“It’s a gift and a privilege they’re coming to Qualicum,” said Joyce Beaton, who is organizing the events. “This is a concert you would not leave disappointed.”

People may recognize fiddler Hayes and guitarist Cahill as two-fifths of the contemporary Irish group The Gloaming, which has played in major concert halls around the world such as the Sydney Opera House and Vancouver’s Chan Centre.

For their concert in Qualicum Beach, the two musicians will play their interpretations of traditional Irish music.

Beaton said she has already sold a majority of the tickets to the events due to the duo’s popularity.

In fact, she said that people are travelling all the way from the Yukon, Sayward, Victoria, Washington state and throughout the mid-Island for the show.

For those who are interested, the musicians will host fiddle and guitar workshops on Saturday afternoon at 384 Mant Road, Qualicum Beach, from 2-4 p.m. The workshops, which run simultaneously, each costs $30.

Hayes and Cahill will then play their concert at the Qualicum Community Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. Doors to the concert will open at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the show are $25.

To purchase tickets or reserve spaces at a workshop, if there are any left, please e-mail beatonqualicum@gmail.com.