Real World Records announce The Gloaming’s new LP out 26 February 2016
Next month The Gloaming will visit Real World Studios in Wiltshire to commence recording their second, as-yet untitled, album. The band is fresh from a year of successful touring.
The half-Irish, half-American band have at this stage performed repeatedly at the most prestigious venues in their home countries. Five shows at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and one at London’s Union Chapel, sold out within days, some within hours. With over 7000 set to see The Gloaming perform between February 26th to March 3rd, the band’s sophomore album is widely tipped to have a chart-topping debut in Ireland.
In the United States, a series of sell out dates this autumn stretched from New York’s Lincoln Center to Los Angeles’ Bovard Auditorium in what was a rare collaboration between two [rival] university presenters, UCLA and the University of Southern California. Their international touring calendar has been equally impressive, including such notable nights as the Ceiliúradh at Royal Albert Hall (a celebration of the Irish president’s first-ever state visit to Britian); at the Barbican, the Sydney Opera House; in Mexico City’s Teatro de la Ciudad; and headlining WOMAD festival dates in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
With their live reputation well-established, artistic expectations for future recordings are riding high. Their debut was widely acclaimed as one of the finest recordings of 2014, featuring on many year-end best lists including Mojo, NPR Music, and the Irish Times; was picked by The Guardian as The One Album You Should Hear This Week; won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award; and the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year.
But, in many ways, it was merely a stylistic consolidation of what this band is capable of. While Ireland is a small nation, the diversity in styles between traditional music players from different counties and parishes a few dozen miles apart is a thing of no small wonder. The band’s self-titled debut fused & transformed these regional traditions, in the process re-defining what Irish music could be. But having pushed the music this far, one suspects their second album will take them deeper into uncharted territory.
Finally, The Gloaming’s music will once again be beautifully presented, featuring another cover image from the Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, the duo responsible for their now iconic first album (parkeharrison.com).
In the course of their touring, journalists & critics have made note of The Gloaming’s rapid evolution—especially in exuberant concert reviews hinting at what’s to come in future recordings:
Simon Broughton at London’s Evening Standard observed both “their familiarity with the tradition, and their ability to transcend that”—pointing to a musicality that transcends their Irish roots. He continued: “They aren’t playing for a traditional audience – although there were plenty of Irish enthusiasts in the hall last night – but they are reinventing the music in a thrilling new way.”
The Irish Times culture journalist & pop critic Jim Carroll has written glowingly of Hayes: “In the decades to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane.” But even more so he praised the magic to be found in the group’s fusion of sounds: “You’ve still the same powerful, instinctive understanding between the players. It’s what has changed, though, which holds the most promise … The Gloaming have discovered a new momentum by digging into the space between the notes … they’ve turned their heads to bringing in fresh material and applying a forensic lens to what they can do with these new tracts.”
David Honigmann in the Financial Times says: “[Caoimhin] O Raghallaigh was more prominent than he has been before, duetting with [Dennis] Cahill and playing off [Thomas] Bartlett’s chords, or keeping pace with [Martin] Hayes in full flight, both men’s knees bouncing exuberantly in synchronized time. Whether at headlong canter or in the thrall of [Iarla] O Lionaird’s singing, The Gloaming shone bright.”
In his Sydney Morning Herald 5* review, John Shand recognized Martin Hayes’ significance: “Rather than settling for being one of the great fiddlers of Irish music, Martin Hayes had to ask “What if . . .?” … He is a magnificent musician, and The Gloaming has unleashed a gentle revolution with implications for countless idioms. Both O Raghallaigh and Bartlett were childhood fans of Hayes. Perhaps there was a child in the house on this night whose life has been changed forever.”
The Gloaming play 5 SOLD OUT shows in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on February 27th and 28th, and March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2016.