The Gloaming 2

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

The second offering of  this five-piece Irish-American supergroup who are truly  have become a phenomenon, packing out concert halls around the world with their blend of traditional influences and subtle experimentation. After the success of the first The Gloaming this now explains the attraction of sellout crowds.

Combining Irish songs, poetry and prose, the fiddles of Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh mix well with the beautiful piano work of New York’s Thomas Bartlett, then add in the powerful vocals of Iarla Ó Lionáird.

The opening track “The Pilgrim’s Song “ is a haunting piano and vocal offering, with beautiful fiddle truly showing off the quality sound of The Gloaming.

“Fáinleog” (The Wanderer) is a faeirie like song, capturing the essence of Ireland and its people.

“The Hare” (In the Corn) has a Southern influenced  to it, with sweet fiddle and gentle piano, with a well produced sound.

“Oisin’s Song” switches over to an acoustic feel, with a folky production while the vocal adds to the magic sound while “The Booley House” takes you back to the traditional slow jigs and reels sound so familiar to us all in North America.

“Repeal the Union” features the talented fiddle offerings of this group of musicians, while the piano stays behind in the background, while enhancing the music.

“Casadh an tSúgáin” is a beautiful gaelic song, reminiscent of the Chieftains early days while

“The Rolling Wave” is a traditional song, capturing the pictures of dance and music.

“Cucanandy” once again takes you back to the poetry gaelic lilt vocals that made Irish singers so famous; “Mrs. Dwyer” also keeps in the tradition. “Slán le Máighe” has the feeling of Sting singing Celtic and  the closing track “The Old Favourite” is surely what this CD could become in your collection – it definitely has earned its way into my favourite right now.

If you are a fan of unique and Celtic music, this is a sure fire must to add to your collection.

Iarla Ó Lionáird, Thomas Bartlett, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill discuss the process of working together as The Gloaming and the making of their new album.

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