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Monday July 25, 2016

From The Irish Times
By Jim Carroll

A review of The Gloaming’s weekend show in Galway

It’s about five minutes in when the moment occurs or, rather, the first of the moments. A look between the players onstage, a nod, a quiet smile: the human version of what happens when a rocket is warmed up and ready to engage. When those subtle connections occur between the five musicians onstage – when they take a moment to acknowledge that what they’re doing is part of a bigger entity than just the five of them sticking to their own scripts – you kind of know you’re in for some magic.
It’s about five minutes in when the moment occurs or, rather, the first of the moments. A look between the players onstage, a nod, a quiet smile: the human version of what happens when a rocket is warmed up and ready to engage. When those subtle connections occur between the five musicians onstage – when they take a moment to acknowledge that what they’re doing is part of a bigger entity than just the five of them sticking to their own scripts – you kind of know you’re in for some magic…

…Tonight, though, in a big top pitched by the river in the middle of Galway, the show comes together with a sort of carefree ease which you can’t set up or manipulate because it has to be in the stitching and fabric to begin with. At this stage of the curve, with all the shows the five have played together and those two albums under their collective oxter to map where those lines and routes are going, there’s a hip to hip and shoulder to shoulder understanding about what’s going on. When those looks are thrown left and right on the stage, it’s time to strap yourself in.

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