Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Photograph: Con Kelleher

In early 2005, I wanted to buy a hardanger fiddle, and the uilleann piper Mick O’Brien put me in touch with the Norwegian violinist and Hardanger fidd(...)

The Gloaming: Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Thomas Bartlett, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

The Gloaming will play seven dates at the National Concert Hall in March 2019, their only Irish performances next year. The traditional-music supergro(...)

Shifting and sliding time signatures, elusive wisps of sound and an irrepressible appetite for mining the unknown all seem to be at the heart of This (...)

Building blocks and recurring patterns: both are in abundance in The Gloaming 2. This five-piece coalition has already blown the door wide open on t(...)

Take five: The Gloaming (from left) Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes,  Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Photograph: Richard Gilligan

The Gloaming are contemplating a trip to the dark side. It’s a week before Christmas and the band are in a former mill in Wiltshire that now houses R(...)

Whether he’s flying solo or playing as part of a duo, trio or group, Dublin native Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has a handsome reputation as a fiddle player and collaborator.

It begins with interviewer and interviewee checking a list. This is to ensure that none of the albums or collaborations from the last year that fid(...)

Partnering with Dan Trueman(the US professor of music who brokered Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s introduction to the hardanger d’amore fiddle) Laghdú, o(...)

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(...)

Scene from Russell Maliphant’s Still Current. Photograph: Warren du Preez

Reading Russell Maliphant’s CV, nothing fits together: ballet, t’ai chi, martial arts and deep-tissue massage. Watching his choreography, it comes tog(...)

Paddy power

Who has bragging rights for lining out the world’s best St Patrick’s Day strut? New York, Dublin, Savannah, Sydney or Seoul? Nah, Keshcarrigan on t(...)

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