The Gloaming announce new album and share two tracks

The Gloaming are delighted to announce that their new studio album ‘The Gloaming 3’ will be released on 22 February 2019 on Real World Records. Produced by Thomas Bartlett, it was recorded last autumn in New York at Reservoir Studios.

The album is available to pre-order now and by way of introduction, two new tracks ‘Áthas (Joy)’ and ‘Sheehan’s Jigs’ will be available on music streaming platforms from Friday 18 January.

The album cover image for The Gloaming 3, titled ‘Precipice 2015’, is the third the band have used from a series of works created by artists Shana & Robert ParkeHarrison.


The author Colm Tóibín has generously shared his thoughts upon hearing the album recently:

“What you notice first in the work of ‘The Gloaming’ is the energy that comes from the clash and then the connection between tradition and innovation, between following contours that have been inherited and then creating a new tonal realm for that very inheritance. The music is nourished by diversity and range, it is open to the world, but it is also rooted in Ireland; it comes from a close study and deep knowledge of a tradition strong enough to be played with and enriched.

“In the music of ‘The Gloaming’, there is also a tension between complexity in studio work and arrangement and a sort of simplicity and directness in the way the music hits the listener’s nervous system. In the playing of Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh there is always a melancholy undertone which becomes more forceful as the music lifts and entertains the possibility of joy, paying attention to the rhythm and the melodic line while offering homage to high and hard-won emotion.

“Iarla Ó Lionáird’s voice has a force that is both haunting and tender. In the versions here of poems ranging from a lament by the seventeenth century poet Eoghan Ruadh Mhac an Bhaird to work by twentieth century poets such as Seán Ó Riordáin and Liam Ó Muirthile, Ó Lionáird has a lovely way of lingering on a note, taking his time on a phrase, varying the way he approaches a line ending. The stark power of his singing is tempered by sheer musical intelligence that is matched by the playing of Dennis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett. (Bartlett’s restrained and inspired playing on ‘The Pink House’ is masterly.)

“When you listen to a track like ‘Doctor O’Neill’ on this album, what emerges is the brilliant intuition and unique tact of the band. Listen to Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh as solo player on a hardanger d’amore on the opening of this track being slowly joined by other instruments. The aim is control and subtlety, the maintenance of a single emotion, and then the release of a soaring energy. The ensemble offers a dynamic play between the instruments that, like so much of the music on this album, creates a rare and exhilarating kind of beauty.”

Colm Tóibín

The album cover image for The Gloaming 3, titled 'Precipice 2015', is the third the band have used from a series of works created by artists Shana & Robert ParkeHarrison.

The Gloaming are looking forward to performing this new music in some beautiful venues in Europe and the USA, beginning next month.

Pre-order the album

Tour Dates

22 Feb UTRECHT, NL TivoliVredenburg 
25 Feb LONDON, UK Union Chapel
26 Feb LONDON, UK Union Chapel (Sold Out)
27 Feb PARIS, FR Centre Culturel Irlandais
28 Feb LONDON, UK Union Chapel (Sold Out)
02 Mar VERONA, IT Teatro Ristori
04 Mar DUBLIN, IE National Concert Hall
05 Mar DUBLIN, IE National Concert Hall
06 Mar DUBLIN, IE National Concert Hall (Sold Out)
07 Mar DUBLIN, IE National Concert Hall (Sold Out)
09 Mar DUBLIN, IE National Concert Hall (Sold Out)
10 Mar DUBLIN, IE National Concert Hall (Sold Out)
11 Mar DUBLIN, IE National Concert Hall
06 Apr NEW YORK, NY, US Carnegie Hall (Sold Out)
07 Apr BOSTON, MA, US Berklee Performance Center
10 Apr DURHAM, NC, US Carolina Theatre
12 Apr LOS ANGELES, CA, US Theatre at the Ace Hotel
14 Apr SANTA BARBARA, CA, US Campbell Hall

Featured Release

  • The Gloaming 3

    The Gloaming

    Released 22 February 2019

    World renowned Irish American supergroup The Gloaming return with their highly anticipated third album. Produced by Thomas Bartlett, the album was recorded in New York City at Reservoir Studios. Like its predecessors, it richly reimagines the vernacular of traditional Irish music through a modern prism via elements of post-rock, jazz, contemporary classical, chamber and minimalism.

By Online Editor

Main image photo credit: Heidi Solander.

Published on Mon, 14 January 19

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