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The Gloaming - live in Philadelphia, 11/10/2015

This post was originally written for Top Five Records. You can read it here.


Traditional Irish is probably not a genre of music that I am very well acquainted with. Far from it, in fact - it's a style of music that I'd honestly never heard before. But then, last weekend, I had the opportunity to go for such a concert, and given my propensity to explore newer styles and genres, I decided to make full use of it.

The Gloaming was formed in 2011 by an eclectic group of musicians who having already established themselves in their individuals careers, had decided to experiment with stretching the limits of traditional Irish music and presenting it to a wider audience. They are a five-man ensemble comprising of fiddle master Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, singer Iarla Ó , Lionáird, viola/hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett.

As I mentioned, I am a complete stranger to traditional Irish music, but the manner in which they  melded  …