The Gloaming – the world-renowned ensemble which the Guardian said have much " in common with post-rock" – have been confirmed to perform at Royal Albert Hall April to commemorate Irish President Michael D. Higgins official state visit to the UK April 10, 2014. This is the first such visit by an Irish head of state since 1921 and marks an historic occasion.
In the presence of the President of Ireland, some of Ireland's finest
musicians, singers, actors, authors and poets will feature in this
unique evening, sharing and celebrating the strength and range of
collaboration and creativity between Ireland and the United Kingdom and
the contribution of the Irish community in Britain, including Paul Brady
and Glen Hansard. Also participating will be the renowned actress Fiona
Shaw as well as journalists/broadcasters Dermot O'Leary, Olivia O'Leary
and author Joseph O'Connor. This special concert will also feature some
surprise guests on the night.
The event will be open to the public but is already sold out.
"In short, this is the rare album that might well transform the syntax of a whole style… sheer beauty."
- Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Music
"They caused my jaw to drop... It's a strange, haunting music, full of
unexpected chord sequences, its' melancholy matched by a sense of
creeping dread.. this is Irish music reimagined... It's simply
wonderful... You really should treat yourself..."
- Michael Hann, The Guardian
"I already have to save room on my top ten list for 2014 for this next
record… it is really terrific… There is something haunted and twilit
about this album, very beautiful…"
- John Schaefer, WNYC New Sounds
"*****… Brilliant… a thrillingly original magic."
- Colin Irwin, MOJO
"*****… The Gloaming are a five-piece ensemble eliding Irish folk music
with the contemporary New York art-music scene. The upshot is a rather
ECM-ish well of open space irrigated by a flow of motifs, textures,
tempos and, more abstractly, romantic yearnings."
– Simmy Richman, The Independent (UK)