Some of the biggest names in Irish Trad have come together and formed a supergroup ‘The Gloaming’. Iarla Ó Lionaird, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh,and Thomas Bartlett will be performing in The Model, Sligo on Wednesday August 24 at 9pm as part of the Lúnasa Arts Festival
The Gloaming is a collective of remarkable individual talents who share a musical aesthetic. The five came together to explore new music at Grouse Lodge Studios is West Meath in early 2011. At once they made music that is at once both ancient and utterly new
New York pianist Bartlett, sean-nos singer Ó Lionaird, Chicago guitarist Cahill, fiddler and hardanger innovator Ó Raghallaigh and fiddle master Hayes is a group of virtuoso musicians yet it is a band with a sound all of its own. Sparse and beautiful. Authentic and tune- filled. And capable of raucous power.
Iarla Ó Lionaird:
Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. Ó Lionaird established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development.
Martin Hayes' unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle, his acknowledgement of the past and his ability to place the tradition within a wider contemporary context, combine to create a unique and insightful interpretation of Irish music. He has drawn inspiration from many musical genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare
Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. He studied at the city's prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Cahill's spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes' fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh:
Dublin-born Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays traditional and contemporary folk music on fiddle, 5-string viola and hardanger fiddle in small intimate listening venues. In 2007, he released Where the One-Eyed Man is King, an adventurous, self-produced little EP
Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, grew up in Vermont, and began playing ukelele at age three, after the wardens at his daycare found him strumming a block and decided he could probably put resonant strings to good use. He began playing piano at age five, and never stopped -- dropping out of high school to study in London with Maria Curcio, one of the 20th century's greatest classical music teachers.
Do not miss this powerful night of traditional Irish music at The Model, Sligo on Wednesday 24 August at 9pm. Tickets €25 are available at The Model 071 914 14 05 or online at www.themodel.ie