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August 03, 2011

Top Trad Musicians Join Forces at Riverbank - Aug 25th

The Gloaming comes to Riverbank Arts Centre for one night only, Thursday August 25th. Fiddle master Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, sean-nos singer Iarla O Lionaird, pianist Thomas Bartlett, hardanger innovator Caoimhin O Raghallaigh - individually, virtuoso musicians in their own right; collectively, a powerhouse combination of remarkable individual talent. Described as sparse and beautiful, authentic and tune-filled, these five musical masters will create a night of unforgettable music.

The Gloaming
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, Ireland. His 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.
Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht.  Ó Lionaird established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development.
Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, grew up in Vermont, and began playing ukelele at age three, after the wardens at his daycare found him strumming a block and decided he could probably put resonant strings to good use. He began playing piano at age five, and never stopped -- dropping out of high school to study in London with Maria Curcio, one of the 20th century's greatest classical music teachers. He quickly become one of the most in-demand sidemen in New York City and has since played with such artists as The Frames, Yoko Ono, Antony & the Johnsons, to name but a few.
Dublin-born Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays traditional and contemporary folk music on fiddle, 5-string viola and hardanger fiddle in small intimate listening venues. Caoimhín has recently been studying the work of contemporary folk fiddlers from other countries, including Nils Okland, Dan Trueman and Johan Hedin, and has been writing new material that continues to explore that region where Irish traditional music begins to disintegrate.
Creating music that is ancient and utterly new, capable of raucous power, The Gloaming will leave Riverbank audiences with a night of music and talent that will not be easily forgotten. Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. Thursday August 25th, 8pm. Tickets €25. Book online at or call box office on 045 448327.