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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 16:07

The Gloaming

Written by Tim Readman
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The Gloaming 3 (Real World Records)

This is the third studio album release from these exponents of progressive Irish traditional jazz-classical-fusion music. I just made that category up and I suppose it represents an attempt to put into words what can’t be written down.

The component elements of their sound are Martin Hayes’s lyrical fiddling, Dennis Cahill’s subtle guitar playing, Iarla Ó Lionáird’s song adaptations of contemporary and ancient poetry, the gutsy hardanger fiddle lines of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, and pianist and producer Thomas Bartlett’s minimalist classical and jazz-influenced piano lines.

Their music develops through each individual piece, often in a slowly unfolding manner, but it is equally likely to suddenly burst into life and rush headlong into a frenzied passion of rhythmic and melodic interplay.

With one foot planted firmly in traditional Irish music and the other striding forward into musical adventure and exploration, The Gloaming continue to challenge the listener to listen, to absorb, and to appreciate. Let me tell you, people, it’s well worth the effort.

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