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EDITORS’ NOTES

Irish folk musicians mix nearly as frequently as jazz musicians. So it should come as no surprise that New York’s versatile pianist Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), acoustic rhythm guitarist Dennis Cahill, traditional fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger violinist Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, and Afro Celt Sound System singer Iarla Ó Lionaird have come together. Like ACSS, The Gloaming are very much about creating a transcendent new fusion, although this time it's Celtic music blended with modern classical music. The results are nicely mannered, in the same vein as Clannad or Loreena McKennitt but without the mystical overtones. Those looking for the fiery musicianship of Hayes' and Cahill's duo work should turn to the stripped-down “The Sailor’s Bonnet” or the epic “Opening Set,” with Bartlett in particular adding nice colors to the tapestry. Those seeking vocal tunes can check out tracks like “Song 44” and the romantic “The Necklace of Wrens.” Woven through all of this is a stunning sense of musicality and musicianship.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Irish folk musicians mix nearly as frequently as jazz musicians. So it should come as no surprise that New York’s versatile pianist Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), acoustic rhythm guitarist Dennis Cahill, traditional fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger violinist Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, and Afro Celt Sound System singer Iarla Ó Lionaird have come together. Like ACSS, The Gloaming are very much about creating a transcendent new fusion, although this time it's Celtic music blended with modern classical music. The results are nicely mannered, in the same vein as Clannad or Loreena McKennitt but without the mystical overtones. Those looking for the fiery musicianship of Hayes' and Cahill's duo work should turn to the stripped-down “The Sailor’s Bonnet” or the epic “Opening Set,” with Bartlett in particular adding nice colors to the tapestry. Those seeking vocal tunes can check out tracks like “Song 44” and the romantic “The Necklace of Wrens.” Woven through all of this is a stunning sense of musicality and musicianship.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

24 Ratings

Relaxing, haunting.

Joe in Buffalo,

Give a listen to the full album (?) on NPR's First Listen

Wonderfully Different

liveformusicalways,

Love Iarla O Lionaird previous cds’ and This CD is just simply gorgeous music!!!!

About The Gloaming

Formed in 2011 in Rosemount, County Westmeath, Ireland, the Gloaming was a supergroup composed of six-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Martin Hayes, folk-rock guitarist Dennis Cahill, Hardanger fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, producer-pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), and sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, perhaps best known for his work with worldbeat icons Afro-Celt Sound System. Fusing traditional Irish music forms with rock and contemporary classical influences, with Ó Lionáird singing in Irish throughout, the group won rapturous critical acclaim, and several awards, for their 2013 eponymous debut album, released on Peter Gabriel's Real World Records.

Produced by Bartlett, better known for his work with indie rock bands such as the National, the album took as its starting point Irish traditional music, but sympathetically augmented it with pop/rock vocal stylings and stunningly beautiful piano arrangements in a post-classical vein. It won the 2014 Meteor Choice Prize for Irish Album of the Year, beating the likes of U2, Sinéad O'Connor, and Damien Rice. The group toured the world, playing at major festivals such as Womad, and selling out London's Barbican arts center. The Gloaming's second album, 2, followed in 2016, going deeper into the tradition but at the same time consolidating and expanding their unique style with subtle post-rock inflections. ~ John D. Buchanan

  • ORIGIN
    Rosemount, County Westmeath, Irel
  • FORMED
    2011

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