This transatlantic supergroup of Irish and American musicians - Iarla Ó Lionaird, Thomas Bartlett, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill - whose album has been in the Irish top 10 since its release a month ago - close proceedings on Sunday with a remarkable set that sees the only standing ovation and the only encore of the weekend. Gaelic is the language and the tunes drip with the melancholy of the diaspora.The above review is of The Gloaming -- the Irish supergroup that features two American musicians, Dennis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman (The National, Antony and the Johnsons, etc) -- from their recent set at Ireland's Other Voices festival. They made their US debut at the 2012 globalFEST at NYC's Webster Hall, and they're set to return to NYC for another show on June 21 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Their only other date is a UK show in July.
As the five musicians shift gears effortlessly through The Sailor's Bonnet, picking up the pace, feet start stamping on and off the stage, the crowd begins to whoop and one can only marvel at the intuitive understanding between the five. But it's not just jigs and reels that make them remarkable: the opening Song 44, with Bartlett holding down his piano strings to mute them, and violins scraping ominously, has more in common with post-rock than with Christy Moore. It's a staggering display of both emotion and virtuosity. [The Guardian]
This past February, they released their self-titled debut album in the US via Brassland, and they're also planning on releasing a documentary film about the band, Moment to Moment. We've got a video clip of that documentary, which you can check out, along with a few tracks from the album and a live recording, below...
Excerpt from 'Moment to Moment'
tracks from The Gloaming
The Gloaming - Live from National Concert Hall, Dublin
The Gloaming -- 2014 Tour Dates
6/21 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
7/27 Womad Charlton Park Malmesbury, UK