Fireside session

"A commanding presence on the fiddle." - The Irish Times

His playing has power and passion... simply a joy to listen to.” - Dirty Linen Magazine

"Randal Bays is one of the few Americans to have mastered the complex art of traditional Irish fiddling." - Gearoid O hAllmhurain (author of “A Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music”)

"Bays is a rare beast, a true master of both fiddle and guitar."
- Cork Examiner (Ireland)

I'm also a guitarist, here's my GUITAR PAGE.

Randal Bays is an American born, Irish style fiddler who brings power and passion to the old tradition. He’s well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiery fiddling and his devotion to the traditional style of playing. He has a special love for the fiddle traditions of Counties Clare and Galway, where he’s spent many a night playing tunes with the masters of that intricate music. Randal has recorded and toured in the US, Ireland and Europe with such musicians as Martin Hayes, James Keane and Daithí Sproule (Fingal), James Kelly and many more. In 2021 he received the Irish Artist in America Achievement Award from O’Flaherty Irish Music in Texas. Randal lives in the Seattle area and is the Artistic Director of Cascadia Irish Music Week. As Fiddler Magazine says, “Randal Bays is one of the finest Irish fiddlers one could ever hope to hear.”

"About my instruments... my main fiddle is a Thomas Perry copy made sometime in the early 1800s when Perry's instruments were in great demand. My main bow was made for me by Morgan Andersen in 2008."