The Gloaming lineup: Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill

There are some nights that illuminate your mind for a long time afterwards. A Sunday in January at the National Concert Hall. A packed room exuding(...)

Traditional musicians Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes will play at the Gathering Traditional Festival in Killarney this weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 15th Gathering Traditional Festival 2014 The Gathering Festival,(...)

The Gloaming
  • Music
  • January 17, 2014, 00:00

Thomas Bartlett’s opening chords of Song 44 – skeletal, bereft – are both scene stealers and scene setters for The Gloaming’s debut recording. Borr(...)

The Gloaming are, from left, Thomas Bartlett, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird,  Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

‘Beware of becoming your own tribute band.” That’s a lesson Dennis Cahill has learned through his years of collaborating with the Clare fiddler Martin(...)

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A quiet, slow day in Feakle. Few are about in the late-summer noontime lull in this part of east Co Clare. Martin Hayes is waiting patiently outside P(...)

Great art always leaves a memory in your mind. In this case, I’m in the woody corner of a big field in Co Laois and the Electric Picnic is in f(...)