The Gloaming are Iarla Ó Lionaird, Thomas Bartlett, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The five virtuoso musicians first met to explore new music at West Grouse Lodge Studios is West Meath, Ireland, in early 2011. Each came at Irish music from their own perspective, bringing a slightly different take on the rich musical heritage and traditions. The music they began to create was sparse and beautiful, authentic and tune-filled, music that went on to be described by The Irish Times as “of an entirely different hue: neither slavishly traditional nor wilfully contemporary.”
The Gloaming collective carves new paths connecting the rich Irish folk tradition and the New York contemporary music scene. From haunting sean-nós songs to raucous folk explosions, they make music that is both ancient and utterly new.
This group of extraordinary virtuoso musicians, each with a highly successful individual career, comes together as a band with a sound all of its own. Featuring New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddle master Martin Hayes, hard anger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionaird – well known for his contribution to the legendary Afro Celt Sound System and arguably the finest singer of his generation.
“Sumptuous debut by virtuoso supergroup…” – MOJO *****
“Brilliantly Innovative” – SONGLINES *****
“Exquisite” – THE GUARDIAN
Label: Real World Records
Catalogue Number: CDRW200
Release Date: 20 January 2014