News ~ The Gloaming

March 16, 2017

The Gloaming tour the USA in April

Happy St Patrick's Day. As has become our custom on or about this special holiday, we have some live dates by The Gloaming to share with you. The Irish-American supergroup will do a short run of shows through the Northeastern United States next month, before crossing the Mason-Dixon line for a one-off in Richmond. The Northeast shows including their long-awaited Boston debut. Boston is a big Irish town so be afraid, very afraid. Or at least expect there to be a lot of Americans wearing green & stuff at that gig.April North American tour
• 20 State Theatre: Portland, ME, United States
• 21 Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, NH, United States
• 22 Berklee Performanc...

August 18, 2016

The Gloaming earn 2016 ‘Album-of-the-Year’ praise, plot 2017 tour dates

Tomorrow The Gloaming celebrate five years as a band. On 20 August 2011, Martin Hayes (violin, fiddle), Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman (piano), Iarla O'Lionaird (vocals), Dennis Cahill (guitar) and Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh assembled at The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland to play their first ever concert. The show was sold out and the band created a synthesis of traditions from the start: Irish, ambient, well-composed but fluid & full of improvisation. You can relive those first moments via this free download. (It's also available on major streaming services if you click that way.)

We're happy to report the band's growth continues apace, and that our February re...

March 20, 2016

The Gloaming release 2, top Irish charts, tour USA

"In a conundrum to cause maths teachers everywhere to break out in hives, 2 has proven bigger than 25, as The Gloaming knock Adele off the top of the Irish charts," wrote Hot Press Magazine last week. Yep that's right The Gloaming's sophomore album has topped the Irish album record sales charts, beating out more familiar pop contenders like Justin Bieber, The 1975 and, yes, even Adele. We were as gobsmacked as anybody when we saw this report. A lot of crazy things have happened to Brassland artists over the years: opening slots on R.E.M. tours, hang sessions with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, even Oscar nominations. But we're not sure any of our artists have ever had a number one record on a...

November 10, 2014

The Gloaming tour the west coast, the world & Ireland; meet Sting

Cool thing alert: immediately after we released The Gloaming's self-titled debut, it began popping up on "top 10 records of far" lists: Mojo said it all the way back in March. The Irish Times newspaper placed it at #1 in June. (Hip Irish blog Nialler9 has it at #6 because, well, blogs.) And just this week Mashable placed it at #2 in their "visually stunning album covers of 2014" list.

And now that we've gotten the cool/cool stuff out of the way, let’s get to the weird/cool stuff: Why yes, that is The Gloaming’s Martin Hayes standing next between Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and Sting. Isn't that weird? But also kinda cool? Here's the story: A month ago Hayes...

December 16, 2013

Introducing The Gloaming & other Irish announcements

The holidays & another year's end always brings to mind fresh beginnings. Our latest signing, The Gloaming, recalls Brassland's own beginnings while plotting some new paths. Without further adieu enjoy a free introduction to the group by way of this Bandcamp download of one of their first live shows.

If that's enough to convince you to help this music make its way in the world, go ahead & pre-order the album right now:
- ITUNES (download)
- BANDCAMP (download)
- BRASSLAND STORE (compact disc)
Digital copies will be delivered on or before January 21 and physical copies by February 11.

Still on the fence? Initially introduced to us by one of our c...