Utilizing a 23 stringed hybrid Indian lute called sarode and a plethora of percussion, this duo has been earning a reputation for their subtle yet intense interpretations of traditional material from both Ireland and India as well innovative original compositions.AnTara is a unique duo comprised of Tommy Hayes & Matthew Noone that explores the spaces in-between the traditions of Irish traditional and Indian Classical music.
Matthew 'mattu' Noone, an ex-indie rocker and well-known performer of the 25 stringed lute called sarode, has studied North Indian Classical music in Kolkata under Sougata Roy Chowdhury and from UK based sarodiya, K. Sridhar for well over a decade. He has recorded with Sean Tyrell, Ronan O' Snodaigh collaborated with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill in a 2 week tour of India. In 2015 he was invited to perform at the Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry House, Cork.
Meanwhile, in a career that has exemplified persity, bodhran player Tommy Hayes has performed and recorded with most of the great names in traditional music and beyond, has been at the forefront of Irish music for over 30 years. He was a founding member of traditional group, Stockton's Wing and is considered one of the greatest bodhran players on the planet.
This unique project was formed after Matthew was awarded funds from Music Network Ireland to design and purchase a hybrid sarode for collaborations within the Irish music tradition. The project draws upon the slow lyrical style of East Clare music as well Indian drones, a plethora of percussion and experimental acoustic loops.
REVIEWS for debut album The Space Between
"a unique collaboration producing a delightful aural journey that knows no borders and defies categorisation" CARL CORCORAN, RTE LYRIC FM
"beautiful unique and profound music" Celtic Road Radio
"unique and interesting...multiple layers of significance" -Sing Out!-