The Pilgrim’s Song is the opening track on the new album by The Gloaming released on 26 February. This video by York Tillyer captures the actual performance of the track at Real World Studios that features on the album.
The Gloaming’s new album will be out 26 February 2016 but can be pre-ordered now. The vinyl release will follow on May 6. However, if you pre-order the LP format via the Real World Store you will receive a download of the audio on 26 February, so you won’t have to wait until May before you hear the album.
The Gloaming – Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett – have had a hugely successful year of touring in 2015, performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the world and much of the material that will make up the band’s second album has been honed and refined throughout this year of touring.
With their live reputation well-established, artistic expectations for future recordings are riding high. Their debut was widely acclaimed as one of the finest recordings of 2014, featuring on many year-end best lists including Mojo, NPR Music, and the Irish Times; was picked by The Guardian as The One Album You Should Hear This Week; won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award; and the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year.
But, in many ways, it was merely a stylistic consolidation of what this band is capable of. While Ireland is a small nation, the diversity in styles between traditional music players from different counties and parishes a few dozen miles apart is a thing of no small wonder. The band’s self-titled debut fused & transformed these regional traditions, in the process re-defining what Irish music could be. But having pushed the music this far, one suspects their second album will take them deeper into uncharted territory.
As for 2016, five shows at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and one at London’s Union Chapel have already sold out. All within days, some within hours. Newly announced are more shows in the UK.
ON TOUR in the United Kingdom 2016
26 February London – Union Chapel – SOLD OUT
21 September Bristol – Colston Hall
22 September London – Royal Festival Hall
23 September Manchester – Bridgewater Hall
24 September Edinburgh – Usher Hall
25 September Birmingham – Symphony Hall