Guitarist Dennis Cahil passed away Monday at the age of 68, surrounded by friends and family.
According to a report by The Irish Examiner, Irish President Michael D Higgins announced Higgins passing, saying “it is with great sadness that those with a love of traditional Irish music across Ireland, his native Chicago, and around the world will have heard of the death of Dennis Cahill.
“Dennis brought a unique and innovative style to his guitar playing, while being deeply respectful of the essence of traditional Irish music. He will, of course, be best remembered for his collaborations with Martin Hayes both as a duo and within the group The Gloaming.
“Together they explored new musical territory and helped create a phenomenal interest in traditional music among a whole new generation of people both within Ireland and across the world.
“I had the pleasure of hearing Dennis perform on many occasions and will always remember in particular the performance by The Gloaming as part of the concert ‘Ceiliúradh’, held in the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2014 as part of my State Visit.
“On behalf of Sabina and myself, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Dennis’s wife Mary, to his family and to all his friends and colleagues across the world.”
The following message has been posted on Cahill’s website by friend and fellow musician Jimmy Keane.
“Our dearest Dennis passed away peacefully on Monday evening, with his beloved Mary by his side as she has throughout his journey,” he writes. 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…
“Too heartbroken to write any more… 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…”