Even before The Gloaming released their debut album in 2014, the Irish Times hailed them as “one of the great forces in Irish music.” The group has quickly become one of the world’s most renown live acts, performing to packed houses at the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Mexico City’s Teatro de al Ciudad, New York’s Lincoln Center, and WOMAD festivals worldwide, as well as selling out multiple concerts at home from Dublin’s National Concert Hall to the Cork Opera House. Yet, I only discovered their wonderful music this week. I must have been hiding under a rock!
The Gloaming is sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionaird, Thomas Bartlett(aka Doveman) on piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on hardanger, Martin Hayes on violin/fiddle & Dennis Cahill on guitar. They are a group of extraordinary and virtuosic musicians each with highly successful individual careers. Iarla has made many ground breaking recordings with the Afro Celt Sound System. His distinctive voice venturing far beyond the boundaries of any one genre. They are currently recording their second album and will release it next year on Real World Records (Brassland for North America).