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Martin Hayes’ unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle, his acknowledgement of the past and his ability to place the tradition within a wider contemporary context, combine to create a unique and insightful interpretation of Irish music. He has drawn inspiration from many musical genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.
Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. He studied at the city’s prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. In addition to his work with Martin, Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a sought after producer for musical artists whom he records in his own Chicago studio and is also an accomplished photographer. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill met in Chicago in the 1980s. They formed the jazz/rock/fusion band, Midnight Court, which allowed them to experiment with a variety of new music styles. When Martin reclaimed his traditional roots, reinvigorated, and after recording two solo albums, he began a new musical relationship with Cahill, beginning with the lyrical music of East Clare. They played long, sometimes thirty-minute, multi-tune sets in their concerts, starting from the simplest of melodies, building in intensity, but never abandoning musicality and ideas.
‘In years to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix’ (The Irish Times, February 2015)
“Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential.” (Q Magazine)
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Martin Hayes' Imaging Ireland Performance was "Mesmerizing"– May 2, 2016, Financial Times
“Martin Hayes played mesmerizing fiddle tunes with Dennis Cahill on guitar: as airs built to jigs to reels he raised the energy steadily, slowing deliberately to disengage the audience’s clapping along, then stamping in abandon at the set’s end.”
Past St. Patrick's Day: The Gloaming Rearranges Irish Tradition -March 23, 2016
The Gloaming: The Gloaming 2 album review - 'They justify trad supergroup tag' - February 25, 2016
The Guardian: The Gloaming: 2 review – exquisite, powerful performances - February 25, 2016
Folk Radio UK: The Gloaming: 2 – Featured Album Review - February 18, 2016
Album Review: The Gloaming - The Gloaming 2 - February 17, 2016
The Guardian: The most unmissable culture of 2016 - January 4, 2016"
Irish Times: Get your 2016 on: Everything you need to know - January 2, 2016
2014 Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year - March 5, 2015
The Gloaming have on the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2014 for their self-entitled album.
The Gloaming Review: Exhilarating Folk from a Classy, Original Group - March 4, 2015
The Guardian reviews sold-out show at Barbican, London. "The Irish-American five-piece combine soulful ballads and fiddle work in an intense, emotional performance of largely new material."
2014 Meteor Choice Music Price Nomination - January 7, 2015
The Gloaming are nominated for best Irish album of the year.
Irish Times: On the Record's 50 Best Albums of 2014 - December 22, 2014
The Gloaming are listed at #1 and other projects from Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh also make the list.
Irish Times: The Ticket Awards - The Gloaming wins Best Band, Best Traditional Album - December 19, 2014
The Gloaming wins Best Band, Best Traditional Album, and is runner up in the Best Album and Best Irish Act categories.
The Guardian: Best Albums of 2014 - December 17, 2014
Writers Michael Hann and Robyn Denselow place The Gloaming on their top 10 albums of 2014.
Best Selling Album of 2014 at Tower Records Dublin - December 16, 2014
NPR's Best Global Music Of 2014 - December 13th, 2014
"Bands are too often hyped as supergroups, but The Gloaming is the real deal — and one that breaks free of the traditional boundaries of their genre…... In short, this is the rare album that might well transform the syntax of a whole style.” —Anastasia Tsioulcas
NPR Top 50 Albums of 2014 - December 8th, 2014
"There has never been an album quite like this, spare and textured, representing past and future as well as transcending all you may think you know about Irish music." —Bob Boilen
The Gloaming: Continuing Adventures of a Trad Fusion Supergroup - Aug 11th, 2014
From Mother Jones Magazine Contact: The Gloaming’s Unlikely Convergence: Martin Hayes and Thomas Bartlett on their multigenerational Irish-music powerhouse. By Jacob Blickenstaff The Gloaming is a collaboration of some of the most respected names in traditional Irish music.
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