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