In advance of their much-anticipated Kilkenny Arts Festival gig at St Canice’s Cathedral on August 13, Irish trad supergroup The Gloaming play the WOMAD festival in Wiltshire on July 27.
The group, made up of Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett, released their acclaimed self-titled debut album earlier this year.
Their appearance at the hugely successful Ceiliúradh celebration in London's Albert Hall in April to mark the official state visit of President Michael D Higgins' to the UK brought The Gloaming a whole new audience.
But bringing the daring experimentation was by no means a sure bet at such a high-pressure show. "There was huge potential for failure," fiddle-player Martin Hayes told The Guardian. “Embarrassing failure."
However, An Other Voices appearance and a documentary film helped consolidate the band's reputation.
The pianist with the band is 32-year-old American Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman, who has played piano for David Byrne, Yoko Ono and the National, amongst many illustrious others.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays a fiddle hybrid which he calls Hardanger d'Amore, Hardanger being an area in Norway associated with a particular variant on the instrument.
Cork-man Iarla Ó Lionáird is the singer. Hayes’ regular touring partner Dennis Cahill is the guitarist with The Gloaming, who arrange their gigs selectively as the band are all involved in their own individual projects.