Nobody can play Irish fiddle faster than Martin Hayes. See him live and you will be bowled over and possibly frightened; he's that stunning. That is precisely why this live recording is essential -- it showcases not only Hayes' technical virtuosity but also his emotive power on a string of slower-tempo numbers. Hayes is no iconoclast, yet he's never been wedded to a single style, either -- classical and jazz techniques flow readily through his bow, and the results delight. After a swooning, meditative set, he closes with a rousing reel to remind you that, yes, his fingers are still on fire.