The gloaming is defined as: “twilight or dusk”. This is the perfect name for this group of experienced traditional musicians. Their music is the audio equivalent of a gentle sunset: smooth, serene, peaceful. It’s complex yet memorable, progressive but traditional. Their songs sound like you’ve known them for years, but you haven’t seen them for a while.
The Gloaming are: Iarla Ó’Lionaird (vocals), Thomas Bartlett (piano), Caoimhín Ó’Raghallaigh (hardanger), Martin Hayes (violin/fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar). They formed in early 2011 in order to venture into, hitherto unexplored musical territory in Westmeath’s Grouse Lodge Studios. All five members of The Gloaming are internationally recognised trad musicians. Iarla has sung with Afro-Celt Soundsystem and Thomas has played with such notable acts as The National and Glen Hansard. There’s no disputing their skill so.
They bring the musical-adventurism of post-rock acts like Tortoise and mix it with the world stylings of Buena Vista Social Club and the Irish traditional music of their native homeland. It’s a truly mesmerising amalgamation.
Their new album The Gloaming 2 is out this February 26th on Real World Records and they’ll be playing shows across the USA and Europe including five shows at The National Concert Hall, Dublin, from Feb 27th to March 3rd.