10 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Irish folk musicians mix nearly as frequently as jazz musicians. So it should come as no surprise that New York’s versatile pianist Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), acoustic rhythm guitarist Dennis Cahill, traditional fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger violinist Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, and Afro Celt Sound System singer Iarla Ó Lionaird have come together. Like ACSS, The Gloaming are very much about creating a transcendent new fusion, although this time it's Celtic music blended with modern classical music. The results are nicely mannered, in the same vein as Clannad or Loreena McKennitt but without the mystical overtones. Those looking for the fiery musicianship of Hayes' and Cahill's duo work should turn to the stripped-down “The Sailor’s Bonnet” or the epic “Opening Set,” with Bartlett in particular adding nice colors to the tapestry. Those seeking vocal tunes can check out tracks like “Song 44” and the romantic “The Necklace of Wrens.” Woven through all of this is a stunning sense of musicality and musicianship.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Irish folk musicians mix nearly as frequently as jazz musicians. So it should come as no surprise that New York’s versatile pianist Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), acoustic rhythm guitarist Dennis Cahill, traditional fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger violinist Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, and Afro Celt Sound System singer Iarla Ó Lionaird have come together. Like ACSS, The Gloaming are very much about creating a transcendent new fusion, although this time it's Celtic music blended with modern classical music. The results are nicely mannered, in the same vein as Clannad or Loreena McKennitt but without the mystical overtones. Those looking for the fiery musicianship of Hayes' and Cahill's duo work should turn to the stripped-down “The Sailor’s Bonnet” or the epic “Opening Set,” with Bartlett in particular adding nice colors to the tapestry. Those seeking vocal tunes can check out tracks like “Song 44” and the romantic “The Necklace of Wrens.” Woven through all of this is a stunning sense of musicality and musicianship.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Joe in Buffalo ,

Relaxing, haunting.

Give a listen to the full album (?) on NPR's First Listen

Tony Cunningham ,

Spectacular

Seldom do I hear an album where each piece of the whole seems absolutely essential. This is one. These five musicians form a seamless whole that is simply breathtaking. Iarla O Lionaird's voice is captivating. Martin Hayes and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh's fiddle work is exquisite. Thomas Bartlett's piano is magical. And Dennis Cahill's spare guitar work is just right. I've listened about 30 times and each spin reveals another delicious little thing. Three thumbs up for this fantastic piece of work!

potterDSC ,

Thoughtful and spacious.

A welcomed breath of fresh air in the Celtic music realm. Thoughtful, spacious and emotional with many layers to uncover each time through.

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