Released 20 January 2014
The Gloaming is fiddle master Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). These five master musicians, each with highly successful individual careers, have come together to create new music which pairs memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style, and has come to completely redefine Irish contemporary music.
The Gloaming’s debut self-titled album was widely acclaimed as one of the finest recordings of 2014, it featured 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.
Blending traditional tunes with Irish poetry and abstract experimentation, they create a thrilling original magic, which sounds warmly familiar. Stripping frilliness, they expose the raw soul of the music. This is a very organic modern album and it’s brilliant. *****
Mojo Magazine (UK)
“The Gloaming” ups the ante by a considerable margin. It’s an album which is breathtaking, groundbreaking, grandstanding and any other accolade you want to apply your big bag of superlatives. It’s taken a considerable amount of time for The Gloaming to reach this juncture on their travels, but, man, it has been time well worth taking.
Irish Times (Ireland)
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