Spectrum album reviews: Ngaiire, Ladyhawke, Mark Pritchard and The Gloaming

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Thursday June 09, 2016

From The Sydney Morning Herald

The Gloaming Album Review

No one damages a tradition more than a conservative, whose dry immutability makes it crack and ultimately crumble. Keeping a tradition alive requires the moisturising effect of change. Not that the members of the Gloaming carry on their quiet revolution in Irish traditional music for philosophical reasons: it comes purely from the intersection of five diverse musical personalities and what they hear in their heads. Listeners mesmerised by the Gloaming’s debut need fear no drop-off in quality with this second opus. The same profound connection to the riches of Ireland’s music is again swathed in a mist of drama, mystery and fresh harmonisations. Although traditional material predominates over original compositions, many tunes are so thoroughly reimagined it is as though the very essence of each has been bared, and it lives anew. I don’t think we need wait for history to acclaim Iarla O Lionaird (voice), Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore), Dennis Cahill (guitar), Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Thomas Bartlett (piano) as a pivotal influence in the history of Irish culture.

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