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Na­tional Concert Hall, Dublin, March 6-8 & 11-14

Trad su­per­group The Gloam­ing’s by-now an­nual res­i­dency in the Na­tional Concert Hall is un­ques­tion­ably one of the hottest tick­ets of 2017 for folk afi­ciona­dos. Pro­mot­ing last year’s chart­top­ping 2 al­bum, these seven sold-out dates are sure to boast a cel­e­bra­tory at­mos­phere.

At the end of last year, the five-piece – de­scribed by Peter Gabriel as hav­ing cre­ated a new genre – were the sub­ject of an ac­claimed doc­u­men­tary by Philip King, The Gloam­ing –

Moment to Moment. It showed how the band have suc­cess­fully adapted folk tra­di­tions for the 21st cen­tury and also gave an in­sight into their unique cre­ative process.

At the heart of the project is the distinc­tive way that a mu­si­cian like Bartlett – known for his work with indie artists like The Na­tional, Antony and the Johnsons and Glen Hansard – can blend his sound seam­lessly with a mas­ter fid­dler like Clare mae­stro Martin Hayes.

“I re­mem­ber the first time I heard Martin play,” says Bartlett in the film, “and there was some­thing that hap­pened to my body that hadn’t hap­pened be­fore, where I felt like my heart would ex­pand and con­tract with the way he was play­ing.”

It’s a great de­scrip­tion of the in­tense re­ac­tion lis­ten­ers have to this enor­mously suc­cess­ful group, who are sure to get a rap­tur­ous re­cep­tion at these ea­gerly awaited NCH dates.

Set the twi­light reel­ing: The Gloam­ing

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