The Gloaming will be releasing an album of live recordings taken from two years of their residencies at the National Concert Hall on March 2nd on Real World Records on CD, double LP and digitally.

Anyone who has witnessed the band live can attest to their transcendent playing and it’s even more palpable in the flesh than on record so the decision to release a live album from their landmark gigs makes a lot of sense.

It also makes sense in the way that the band – and they are, lest we forget, Iarla Ó Lionáird (Voice), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (Hardanger d’Amore), Dennis Cahill (Guitar), Martin Hayes (Fiddle) and Thomas Bartlett (Piano) work. This is a group whose music and tunes in recorded form were and are snapshots of a time, and their classical/contemporary/trad songs are constantly in a dialogue with itself, stretching, elongating and morphing over time.

The live recordings on this album to come are just that – snapshots of a group at a height they don’t look likely to come down from.

The album also marks their upcoming sold out NCH dates on March 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, their only live appearances of 2018.

At Nialler9, you can hear a sneaky first listen to the live album’s opening track ‘The Booley House’.


Posted on February 2nd, 2018



The Gloaming have announced a 4-night residency at the National Concert Hall for
March 2018, which will be their only live shows worldwide in 2018.

The dates are 5-8 March and tickets are on sale Friday 17 November at 10am priced from €40 + fees from all Ticketmaster outlets or from the National Concert Hall.

This year’s run of 7 shows were instant sellouts so be quick.

Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill recently released an album with a Quartet and Thomas Bartlett produced Adrian Crowley’s new album. Iarla with Eighth Blackbird, Dan Trueman and Paul Muldoon worked as Olagon and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh released a new album with This Is How We Fly.

The last Gloaming album was 2016.

Posted on November 10th, 2017


After selling out their first run of shows for 2017, The Gloaming have announced three more shows for the National Concert Hall from March 6th to 8th next year. These seven shows will be their only Dublin shows next year.

The band’s second album was premeried here earlier this year.

Tickets are €35+ fees and go on sale Tickets tomorrow, Wednesday 5th October at 10am.
Get them from:

  • NCH Box Office (Open 10am-6pm daily)
  • Via Telephone at +353 (0) 1 417 0000
  • Online from


Posted on October 4th, 2016


The Gloaming will return to the National Concert Hall for a run of shows in March 2017 from Saturday 11th March to Tuesday 14th of March. These shows will be their only Dublin shows next year.

The band’s second album was premeried here earlier this year.

Tickets from €35+ fees go on sale at 10am on Friday 30 September.

Get them from:

  • NCH Box Office (Open 10am-6pm daily)
  • Via Telephone at +353 (0) 1 417 0000
  • Online from

Posted on September 23rd, 2016



The Gloaming have been announced to play at at twilight (otherwise known as gloaming) on the Friday of Body&Soul.

It will be the band’s first ever outdoor festival show in Ireland and I can’t think of a better place for the band to play than that main stage on the summer solstice weekend.

Festival director Avril Stanley said:

“We have long harboured an ambition to present The Gloaming at Body&Soul and we are thrilled that they will join us this Summer Solstice. Body&Soul’s June timing is aligned with the ancient Celtic Solstice tradition and The Gloaming’s stunning, virtuosic talent will be a fitting complement to this special time. Even more special for our audience is that their sets takes place during the actual gloaming; that spectacular time before dark when the sky is still illuminated though the sun has set.”

The Gloaming released their superb second album earlier this year and it was premiered in full here first.

There aren’t many tickets left for the festival now.

Posted on June 1st, 2016



Body&Soul have announced their second round of acts today to add to a lineup that includes Santigold, St. Germain, Mercury Rev, Wolf Parade, Floating Points and more.

Heading to the Summer Solstice music, arts and culture festival in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from June 17 – 19th are:

The Gloaming at Body & Soul outdoors will be only magic.


Body&Soul operates a 5 Tier Ticket system for Weekend Camping Tickets. Tiers 1-4 have now sold out. Tier 5 tickets are now go on sale. Tickets can be paid for in instalments – 50% payable on booking, 50% taken on June 1st.

General and *Family Weekend Tickets:
Tier 5 €169.50 incl booking fee

Combined Weekend & Bus (return from Dublin) Tickets:

Tier 5 €198.50 incl booking fee

All via Ticketmaster.


Posted on March 30th, 2016


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This weekend, and part of the next week, The Gloaming will take up a sold out five-night residency in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Arriving just in time for those performances, is album number two from an international band with an Irish heart, a trad band with a contemporary worldview.

Together, fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill weave music that crosses genre boundaries between Irish trad, contemporary classical and ambient music.

Recorded in Real World Studios in December, The follow up to that Choice Music Prize-winning first album, this second album was recorded live in a short time period of five days (as was the first).

The pleasing aspect of album two is that snapshot feel. The dynamic between the musicians has strengthened resolving in a recording that is more confident in its purpose yet also content to not cover over the arrangements with too much distraction, allowing the rich emotion in the music to dominate.

The band have stated in the past that the recordings are often a starting point for what comes after – the live performances. The songs have found themselves stretched, elongated and changed from its origins. Album two finds these songs in a spacious setting.

When you have seasoned players who have such talent and put that to alchemic use, the songs are always in transition, living, morphing and being interpreted. The songs take the tradition (‘Repeal The Union’, ‘Slán le Máighe’, ‘Casadh an tSúígáin’) but go outside the boundaries in interpreting it.

Ó Lionáird’s vocals add grace and warmth, the fiddles emote to the heart, the piano and guitar support and nourish these songs. This is a five-way process, as heard on first single ‘Fainleoig’.

This is the sound of five great musicians playing to best of their abilities. The best part? The best versions of these tunes may be yet to come.

Hilary White’s interview for State with the band is well worth a read by the way.

The Gloaming 2 – Tracklist

1. The Pilgrim’s Song
2. Fáinleog (Wanderer)
3. The Hare
4. Oisin’s Song
5. The Booley House
6. Repeal the Union
7. Casadh an tSúgáin
8. The Rolling Wave
9. Cucanandy
10. Mrs Dwyer
11. Slán le Máighe
12. The Old Favourite

Posted on February 24th, 2016



The Gloaming are one of the best bands around but live, is where they really ignite.

Ahead of the February 26th release of their second album, and following on from the new tune ‘Fáinleog (Wanderer)’.

For this video performance captured in December, we get the best of both worlds with the performance in Real World Studios, the one that ended up on the album as the opener.

Posted on February 4th, 2016



The Gloaming’s second album, simply titled The Gloaming 2 will be released on February 26th on Real World Records.

The contemporary trad supergroup, fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill, reconvened in December to record the album and ‘Fáinleog (Wanderer)’, the album’s first sound exemplifies the band’s beatific rich music that crosses the border between Irish trad, contemporary classical and modern spatial textures.

‘Fáinleog (Wanderer)’:

It’s the followup to their Meteor Choice Music Prize winning debut.

Bartlett, with help from Glen Hansard covered David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ in tribute to the great man this week:

The Gloaming 2 – Tracklist

1. The Pilgrim’s Song
2. Fáinleog (Wanderer)
3. The Hare
4. Oisin’s Song
5. The Booley House
6. Repeal the Union
7. Casadh an tSúgáin
8. The Rolling Wave
9. Cucanandy
10. Mrs Dwyer
11. Slán le Máighe
12. The Old Favourite

Tour dates

ON TOUR in the United Kingdom/Ireland 2016
26 February London – Union Chapel SOLD OUT
27, 28 February; 1, 2 & 3 March 2016 – Dublin – The National Concert Hall SOLD OUT
21 September Bristol – Colston Hall
22 September London – Royal Festival Hall
23 September Manchester – Bridgewater Hall
24 September Edinburgh – Usher Hall
25 September Birmingham – Symphony Hall
All shows on sale now

Posted on January 14th, 2016



The Gloaming will play two shows at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on February 27th (Friday) and 28th (Sunday) next year, following a London show at Union Chapel on the 26th.

Tickets for all shows will be on sale on Friday 25 September at 10am priced at €27.50 – €32.50 plus fee.

They will be releasing their second Gloaming album around then. More news as we get it.

Posted on September 22nd, 2015



Sounds from a Safe Harbour is a new festival put together by Cork Opera House’s Mary Hickson with curated lineup by Bryce Dessner of The National taking place around the city of Cork from September 17th to 20th.

Billed as a festival of music, art and conversation, music will come from The Gloaming, Julianna Barwick, My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, a collaboration between Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner, New York So Percussion and Nadia Sirota, a bunch of Icelandic artist including composer Valgeir Sigurðsson, Amiina, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kjartan Sveinsson, Skúli Sverrisson and the record label Bedroom Community; This Is How We Fly; English organist James McVinnie, Donal Dineen, Crash Ensemble, Eat My Noise and more.

Wave Movements – a new composition by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire will be the focal point of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. It will be performed at Cork Opera House by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and accompanied with film by the celebrated Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Many of the events are inspired by the “harbour environs, themes of waves, water and movement.”

There will be screenings of Sigur Ros’ ‘Heima’ and The National’s ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ with conversations and a music trail to be announced. Cork Opera House, The Everyman Palace Theatre, UCC, Port of Cork, Triskel Christchurch, Firkin Crane, Crawford Art Gallery, Wandesford Quay Gallery and Sternview Gallery are some of the venues involved.

Tickets on sale from May 21 with more announcements in June.

“Sounds from a Safe Harbour has grown exponentially from my initial conversation with Mary Hickson into a huge, imaginative celebration and contextualisation of the initial idea alongside the port aspects of Cork,” says curator Bryce Dessner. “Rolling with the water, wave and sea themes, we decided to look to the river, the harbour and the port in making Sounds from a Safe Harbour. I’m especially looking forward to bringing ‘Wave Movements’ to Cork and performing it along with another composition of mine entitled ‘St. Carolyn by the Sea’, which myself and my brother Aaron will perform live the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

“Collaboration is a huge part of my own practice and I enjoy very much exploring cross genre engagement. We have injected this energy into our festival and will be presenting music, art, film, conversation, dance and food across the weekend. The unifying factor being the music, this is the special glue that brings Sounds from a Safe Harbour home.”

Posted on May 7th, 2015


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Congrats to The Gloaming for winning the Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of The Year award last night. Their self-titled beautiful album is rich with true artistry which takes something traditional and makes it anew. A modern Irish classic and a deserved winner.

For winning, The Gloaming received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.

RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday March 8th at 10.50pm.

Listen to the magic they can make…

Also for a bonus video, watch Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Martin Hayes teach Jeremy Irons how to play fiddle:

Posted on March 6th, 2015



The first Nialler9 show of 2015 was broadcast last Thursday at 10pm on TXFM. The two hour show leaned forward and featured some of the best new music coming out in the first months of the new year: from All We Are to Emmy The Great; Laura Marling to Jape, Marina & The Diamonds to Lapsley, Dan Deacon to Panda Bear. HAve a listen below.

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section


Tennis – ‘I’m Callin’
All We Are – ‘Feel Safe’
Jape – ‘Seance Of Light’
Laura Marling – ‘Short Movie’
Emmy The Great -‘Swimming Pool’
Real Lies – ‘World Peace’
Purity Ring – ‘Push Pull’
Ibeyi – ‘Mama Says’
Oh Wonder – ‘The Rain’
Jessica Pratt – ‘Back, Baby’
Marina and The Diamonds – ‘Happy’
Hinds – ‘Between Cans’
Girlpool – ‘Blah Blah Blah’
The Drink – ‘Microsleep’

Kanye West – ‘Only One’ (feat. Paul McCartney)
D’Angelo – ‘Ain’t That Easy’
Meltybrains? – ‘IV’
Shamir – ‘On the Regular’
Hayden James – ‘Something About You’
GL – ‘Take Me Back’
KStewart – ‘Close Enough’
Eaves – ‘Timber’
C Duncan – ‘For’
iZem – ‘Sadeo’ (feat. Feather)
Lapsley – ‘Brownlow’
Dan Deacon – ‘Feel the Lightning’
Panda Bear – ‘Boys Latin’

Posted on January 12th, 2015


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in,right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.

Tune back in Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at 10pm for my songs of the year specials.


  1. St. Vincent –  ‘Rattlesnake’ (St. Vincent)
  2. Sinkane  – ‘New Name’ (Mean Love)
  3. Angel Olsen –  ‘Hi-Five’ (Burn No Fire For Your Witness)
  4. Future Islands –  ‘A Dream Of You And Me’ (Singles)
  5. Glass Animals –  ‘Hazey’ (ZABA)
  6. Hundred Waters –  ‘Animal’ (The Moon Rang Like A Bell)
  7. James Vincent McMorrow  – ‘Post Tropical’ (Post Tropical)
  8. Alt-J  – ‘Warm Foothills’ (This Is All Yours)
  9. Lykke Li  – ‘Gunshot’ (I Never Learn)
  10. Warpaint  – ‘Keep It Healthy’ (Warpaint)
  11. Mr Twin Sister  – ‘Rude Boy’ (Mr Twin Sister)
  12. Fatima  – ‘Technology’ (Yellow Memories)
  13. God Knows + mynameisjOhn  – ‘Habbakuk’ (Rusangano/Family)
  14. Run The Jewels  – ‘All My Life’ (RTJ2)

Listen part 1



  1. Todd Terje  – Preben Goes to Acapulco (It’s Album Time!)
  2. Caribou –  Your Love Will Set You Free (c2’s Set U Free RMX)  (Our Love)
  3. Lone  – Airglow Fires (Reality Testing)
  4. Kiasmos –  Swayed (Kiasmos)
  5. Aphex Twin –  produk 29 [101] (Syro)
  6. Dorian Concept –  Ann River, Mn (Joined Ends)
  7. Shabazz Palaces  – Forerunner Foray (Lese Majesty)
  8. Flying Lotus  – Coronus, The Terminator (You’re Dead!)
  9. FKA twigs –  Numbers (LP1)
  10. SBTRKT  – The Light feat. Denai Moore (Wonder Where We Land)
  11. Sylvan Esso –  Play It Right (Sylvan Esso)
  12. Fatima Al Qadiri –  Shanghai Freeway (Asiatisch)
  13. The Gloaming  – Allistrum’s March (The Gloaming)

Listen part 2

Posted on December 19th, 2014


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