Texas Tech University

Fiddler Brings Traditional Irish Sound to School of Music

Heidi Toth

January 28, 2015

Randal Bays, who plays both fiddle and guitar, is considered one of the best of his trade.

WHAT: An evening of traditional Irish music on fiddle and guitar with well-known musician Randal Bays. Admission is free.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 31)

WHERE: Hemmle Recital Hall (Room 101), School of Music, Texas Tech University

WHO: Randal Bays is a self-taught, U.S.-born musician who has played the Irish fiddle for more than 30 years. He is widely recognized as a master, in particular the traditional styles of County Clare and County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Fiddler Magazine said Bays is “among the best Irish-style fiddlers of his generation.” He has toured with multiple Irish musicians and recorded a number of songs, both independently and with other musicians.

Bays also is a well-known fingerstyle guitarist, having recorded two albums with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. He recently released his first album of solo guitar work, called “Oyster Light.” He has performed all over the United States, Europe and Canada and also teachers the Irish fiddle. He co-founded and for 10 years served as artistic director of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week. He is now the program director of the Cascadia Irish Music Week on Whidey Island, Washington.

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CONTACT:  Roger Landes, instructor, School of Music, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-7844 or roger.landes@ttu.edu.