The trad­dest band in the whole damn town

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Some of the big­gest names in Ir­ish tra­di­tional mu­sic are form­ing a su­per­group. The Gloam­ing, which in­cludes Martin Hayes, Caomhín Ó Raghal­laigh, Iarla Ó Lion­aird and Amer­i­can mu­si­cians Den­nis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett, have recorded an al­bum to­gether and plan to make their live de­but at Dublin’s Na­tional Con­cert Hall on Au­gust 20th.

The idea for the band first sprouted when sean-nós singer Ó Lion­aird met Hayes in New York in Jan­uary 2010. The pair had long planned a mu­si­cal pro­ject that would in­cor­po­rate fre­quent Hayes col­lab­o­ra­tor Den­nis Cahill. In the fol­low­ing months it crys­tallised, with the in­clu­sion of fid­dle player Ó Raghal­laigh and New York-based pi­anist Bartlett, who has played with David Byrne, The Na­tional and Yoko Ono.

“We went to work in Grouse Lodge one year later, and I love the re­sults of that week-long en­counter,” Ó Lion­aird said. “New songs, new tunes, old songs made new, and a cohesion and nat­u­ral­ness to the sound that sur­prises and delights equally.”

“I wasn’t fa­mil­iar with Caoimhín or Iarla’s mu­sic, but I’ve wor­shipped Martin from afar since I was a lit­tle kid,” said Bartlett. “So when he ap­proached me with the idea of start­ing this band, I didn’t hes­i­tate.” and7.org

lmur­phy@irish­times.com

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