Saturday August 09, 2014
From Irish Times
The five virtuosos of The Gloaming can afford to be choosy about how, and where, they play their transcendental blend of trad, jazz, rock and classical music
By Jim Carroll
Tere are some nights that illuminate your mind for a long time afterwards. A Sunday in January at the National Concert Hall. A packed room exuding expectation and excitement, giddiness and wildness. A band of masters and maestros playing out of their skins, soaring and swinging and sweeping all before them to roars from the aisles. Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space and we don’t want to come down.
That was The Gloaming introducing their self-titled debut album. Here was a sound with breadth and depth, a sound informed by trad and jazz and rock and classical, a sound powered by cinematic ambience and exuberant energy.
There was no need for The Gloaming to make introductions. All five have considerable skin in the game. There’s the east Clare fiddler Martin Hayes, a man steeped in the tradition who has taken that music far from home and is the Gloaming’s chief-of-staff. There’s Dennis Cahill, the decorated Chicago guitarist from Dingle stock who has been Hayes’s wingman for years. There’s Iarla Ó Lionáird, the voice from Cúil Aodha, who has adorned so many albums and collaborations and great artistic statements over the years. There’s Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, the Dublin-born fiddle player with a curious ear and a winning glint when it comes to adventurous sounds, be it solo or in collaboration with Triúr and This Is How We Fly or a myriad of players such as Brendan Begley and Mick O’Brien. And there’s Thomas Bartlett, the Vermont pianist and producer known as Doveman, who has worked and performed with acts such as The National, Antony and the Johnsons, Yoko Ono, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon and many more.
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