Contact: The Gloaming's Unlikely Convergence

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Monday August 11, 2014

From Mother Jones Magazine

Contact: The Gloaming’s Unlikely Convergence: Martin Hayes and Thomas Bartlett on their multigenerational Irish-music powerhouse.
By Jacob Blickenstaff

The Gloaming is a collaboration of some of the most respected names in traditional Irish music. Its self-titled debut album, released earlier this year, is a masterfully restrained, hypnotic and elemental record that combines fiddle music, Irish songs and poetry, improvisation, and subtle experimentation. The ensemble features violinist Martin Hayes, his frequent accompanist guitarist Dennis Cahill, vocalist Iarla Ô Lionaird, hardanger fiddle/violinist Caoimhín Ô Raghallaigh, and pianist Thomas Bartlett.

Bartlett, 32, the band’s youngest member and a staple of New York City’s indie songwriter scene, both as a producer and a pianist, may seem like the odd man out, but his interest in Irish music goes back to his childhood. He was first transfixed by Hayes’ performances during a family trip to Ireland at the age of 12, and soon after, precociously booked Hayes for a concert in his home state of Vermont. Hayes, meanwhile, is perhaps Ireland’s foremost traditional fiddler, who learned by ear from his father, the equally renowned P.J. Hayes. I met with Hayes and Bartlett at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York prior to a sold-out show, part of an international tour that continues through November.

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