If you’ve missed their outstanding live performances so far, now is the opportunity to catch the exceptional experience of The Gloaming live, returning to London for a show in the beautiful main hall of the Barbican. With numerous sell out shows behind them already, make sure you book your tickets early as this is currently their only UK show planned for 2015.
Considered by many one of the world’s finest fiddle players, Martin Hayes will be joined by long-time collaborator guitarist Dennis Cahill, legendary sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and experimental, mercurial New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). This group of extraordinary virtuoso musicians each have their own highly successful individual careers, but have come together in this group with a shared musical aesthetic to form a band with a sound all of its own - sparse and beautiful, authentic and suffused with powerfully-emotional melodies.
“..it’s 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. 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 (Live review from Other Voices Festival, Derry)