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Irish Music Supergroup, The Gloaming, to Perform at Weis Center Oct. 15

Oct 05, 2015 07:54PM ● By Erica Shames

The Gloaming will present a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA.

The Gloaming includes fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird and pianist Thomas Bartlett. These five master musicians, each with highly successful individual careers, have come together to create new music that pairs memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style. From haunting sean-nós songs to rousing instrumental medleys, they create a new musical alchemy between ancient traditions, experimentation and modernity.

The group's debut album, The Gloaming, was released on Real World Records in January 2014. The album was featured in The Guardian's series, The One Album You Should Hear This Week, and was described as "a sumptuous debut" by Mojo magazine; "brilliantly innovative" by Songlines magazine; "contemporary music making at its very best" by The Irish Times, and "thoroughly polished" by The Sunday Times. It was also featured on many Best Albums of 2014 lists including The Guardian, The Irish Times, NPR, fRoots and Songlines, and won the Meteor Choice Music Prize representing the best Irish album of the year.

Martin, Caoimhín and Dennis have been recognized for extending the Irish and Celtic music traditions, balancing traditional rigor with an energy that seems entirely new. Thomas has been identified with the independent rock scene for his work with artists as diverse as The National, Glen Hansard, and Antony & the Johnsons. Iarla has made many ground breaking recordings with the Afro Celt Sound System, his distinctive voice venturing far beyond the boundaries of any one genre.

In early 2011, the five musicians first met to explore their collaboration at Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland's County Westmeath, an hour northwest of Dublin. There they discovered a shared musical aesthetic that transcended the genres for which they had become known. As The Gloaming, they went on their first Irish tour, including a sold out debut show at The National Concert Hall, Dublin.

The Gloaming played shows in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Canada and the U.S. during 2014, including a performance at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of Ireland's President Higgins' state visit to Britain — where they appeared at the president's special request. The band made its Australian debut with shows at The Melbourne Festival and Sydney Opera House and returned to the National Concert Hall in Dublin for three sold-out dates in 2015 as well as a sellout of the Barbican in London. The Gloaming also headlined the Port Fairy Folk Festival and WOMADdelaide before making their New Zealand debut at Auckland Arts Festival and WOMAD New Zealand. The group ended the tour with a special concert in Mexico City at the historic Teatro de la Ciudad to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Mexico.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults; $16 for seniors 62 and over; and $10 for youth 18 and under, Bucknell employees and retirees (limit two), Bucknell students (limit two), and non-Bucknell college students (limit two). Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets are also available at the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or

The next event in the Weis Center's 2015-16 series is a classical performance by Jerusalem Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit or

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