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The Gloaming

IRELAND 100: The Gloaming

Saturday, June 4, 2016 7:30 PM

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

The Gloaming is an ensemble comprised of Iarla ÓLionáird (vocals), Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. "Doveman," piano), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger), Martin Hayes (violin/fiddle) & Dennis Cahill (guitar).

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
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The Gloaming
The Gloaming

The Gloaming is comprised of Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals), Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman; piano), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger), Martin Hayes (violin/fiddle), and Dennis Cahill (guitar). They are a group of virtuosic musicians each with highly successful individual careers.

Even before The Gloaming released their debut album in 2014, the Irish Times hailed them as "one of the great forces in Irish music." The group has quickly become one of the world's most renowned live acts, performing to packed houses at the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Mexico City's Teatro de al Ciudad, New York's Lincoln Center, and WOMAD festivals worldwide, as well as selling out multiple concerts at home from Dublin's National Concert Hall to the Cork Opera House.

Their self-titled debut recording received high acclaim, winning Ireland's Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of The Year, Britain's BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and making year-end best-of lists in America (NPR Music) and the UK (Mojo Magazine), as well as an "Album of the Year" title from the Irish Times.

The Gloaming's follow up LP was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and was released on February 26, 2016. The Gloaming 2 is out on the Brassland label in the United States.

Performed in English and Gaelic.

Duration: 105 minutes (no intermission)

Watch and Listen

The Gloaming - An Introduction

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer