music of an entirely different hue: neither slavishly traditional nor wilfully contemporary, it sought out uncharted terrain [and took] audiences on that journey- The Irish Times
In a nutshell:
Music played with empathy and understanding / A perfect warm-up to St Patrick's Day / New Irish folk for a new age
The Gloaming is a group of five master musicians hailing from Ireland and the USA who together have created an Irish music fusion the likes of which you've never heard before. This new music pairs memorable, yearning melodies from the Emerald Isle with contemporary American jazz influenced sound, resulting in a wonderful alchemy of ancient traditions, experimentation and modernity.
Fiddle icon Martin Hayes, Norwegian-fiddle innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and guitarist Dennis Cahill take Irish and Celtic music traditions and inject them with entirely new energy. Pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), who has worked with artists as diverse as The National, Glen Hansard, David Byrne and Antony and the Johnsons, subtly and gently steers The Gloaming's traditional musical lines in new directions. Vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, well known for ground-breaking recordings with Afro Celt Sound System, lets his distinctive voice venture far beyond the boundaries of any one genre.
The sum total is music that's intriguingly unexpected. Magic.
By arrangement with Arts Projects Australia
Photograph: Feargal Ward