The Gloaming – Opening Set

The Gloaming are something special. I was very lucky to be able to see them in Manchester recently as a birthday present from the lovely Miss Manley. We arrived at the gig a little late but it didn’t matter — we were swept up by the sonic whirlwind they created and the crowd went wild when they played two encores!

To hear Wikipedia tell it, “The Gloaming is a contemporary Irish music supergroup formed in Ireland in 2011 consisting of musicians Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and New York pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman.”

That’s accurate, but it doesn’t tell you anything about the force of nature they create when they play together: beautiful music (mainly fiddle, piano and guitar) that generates wild emotions and irresistible foot tapping among its listeners. You must hear it to appreciate it.

This is an incredibly talented group of musicians making unbelievable music woven with beautiful stories. If you’re able to listen to this track without tapping your feet and wanting to shout and dance around the room, you’re not human.

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