Released 26 February 2016
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.
Onwards and upwards with the infamous five.
If The Gloaming’s debut album was a startling introduction to the power of five master musicians at work, the second album amplifies and augments the magic between the notes. Every track a winner especially “Casadh an tSúgáin”, “The Old Favourite” and opening track “The Pilgrim’s Song”.
The Irish Times – On The Record (Ireland)
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In 2, The Gloaming meet and exceed the expectations …
…encouraged by their debut. It’s another enthralling, captivating interpretation of Irish tradition. For some reason it’s all rather emotional – that emotion tends to be joy, frequently mixed with wonder.
Folk Radio Online (UK)