Irish Traditional Musician Dennis Cahill’s Death at 68
The most heartbreaking news was received on June 20, 2022, informing us of the American guitarist who specialized in Irish traditional music, Dennis Cahill’s sudden death at the age of 68. May he rest in peace.
She was born on June 16, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. His parents were from Co Kerry, Ireland. At the age of nine, Cahill began playing guitar and studied the instrument at the Chicago Musical College. He was active in the Irish traditional music scene in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s.
One of his honors was that in the world of traditional Irish music, he was considered one of the most respected and innovative guitar players, developing his own unique style of playing and performing his music around the world.
Dennis Cahill made a remarkable duo with fiddler Martin Hayes. Both of them played as a duo and also as part of the Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming. These two are two of the world’s leading artists in traditional Irish music.
After that partnership, The New York Times admired the duo and added: “simply exquisite. They strip old reels and jigs to their essence, leaving space between the notes for harmonics and whispered blue notes…A Celtic complement to Steve Reich’s quartets or Miles Davis’s ‘Sketches of Spain’.”
Cahill and Hayes collaborated or played with artists including
- Incredible singer Sting
- Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell
- Grammy-winning bluegrass
- Country star Ricky Skaggs
- Newgrass artists Darol Anger and Mike Marshall
- The Irish Chamber Orchestra
They kind of had a tour together. They played in venues in Australia, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Scandinavia, Canada, the U.K., and Ireland as well as stops in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, and Mexico.
One of the most memorable experiences for them is in 2011 when they were the featured performers at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, the Vice-President, and the President of Ireland.
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People Mourn Over Dennis Cahill’s Death
Dennis Cahill’s Death was announced on his own website. He passed away on Monday evening with his wife Mary by his side. More information about his death cause or memorial service is still unknown.
Catherine Martin who is the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media, paid her tribute and said: “I’m very sorry to hear that Dennis Cahill has passed away, His unique guitar playing had a huge impact on the Irish music tradition;”
She added: ”He has left a beautiful catalog of music behind him. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Jimmy Keane paid his tribute by posting on Dennis Cahill’s personal Facebook page and saying: ”Our dearest Dennis Cahill passed away peacefully on Monday evening, with his beloved Mary by his side as she has throughout his journey.
Just moments before — we were comforting Dennis while The Lament for Limerick from Dennis’ album with Martin was on in the background — and as the track advanced to My Love is in America, Mary turned off the player, leaned over to hug and kiss Dennis one last time – and then he was gone…”
He added: ”
Too heartbroken to write anymore…
Play a tune today.
Sing a song.
Tell a corny joke.
Sip a whiskey.
Cherish a memory…
My loving condolences to Mary, Cliodhna, the Cahill family, and all of Dennis’ many friends…
Love you Dennis and rest gently in peace…
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