Saturday, October 10, 2015 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
The Gloaming is Iarla Ó Lionaird (vocals), Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman - piano), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger), Martin Hayes (violin/fiddle), and Dennis Cahill (guitar). They are a group of extraordinary and virtuosic musicians each with successful individual careers.
Martin, Caoimhín, and Dennis have been recognized for extending the Irish and Celtic music traditions – both literally and metaphorically, balancing traditional rigor with an energy that seems entirely new. Thomas has been identified with the independent rock scene for his work with artists as diverse as The National, Glen Hansard, Antony and the Johnsons and old friends Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon. Iarla has sung with projects as far afield as “new music” composer Donnacha Dennehy's Nonesuch debut and the electronic/world-music hybrid Afro-Celt Soundsystem, the second bestselling artist in the history of Real World.
The five met in early 2011 to explore a new musical direction at Grouse Lodge Studios is West Meath, Ireland. The musicians discovered a shared musical aesthetic that transcended the genres for which they've become known. Says Iarla “We came to the conclusion that our identities were more tied up in the individual sounds we made rather than any notion of being a culture bearer.”
Adds Thomas: “Maybe The Gloaming works so well because I don't recognize the lines that the rest of this band sees. They're very happy to go outside of those boundaries, but the fact that I don't even know the tradition helps make them disappear.”
In the brief period of time since their formation, The Gloaming have become a much-heralded live draw in UK and Europe - playing to capacity crowds in the world's most prestigious venues.