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The Gloaming mark arrival of spring with seasonal shows

The Irish-American quintet fuse elements of jazz, classical and rock with Irish traditional music.

Trad supergroup The Gloaming banished the winter snows with a spring appearance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Martin Hayes beat the drifts and travel disruption to fly in just in time as the five-piece began their regular residency marking the turning of the seasons.

The music reflected the mood as the capital recovered from the Siberian conditions, one of the pieces was called Freeze.

Thomas Bartlett took a break from his spider-like crawling over the piano keys to mock Ireland’s propensity to shut down with a few snowflakes, he is from Vermont, and said he missed an appearance at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles to be there.

Caoimhin O Raghallaigh said it was good to see people again after the enforced spell indoors during the red weather warning.

Vocalist Iarla O Lionaird added: “We look forward to it in the calendar, March, Dublin, pinting.”

We look forward to it in the calendar, March, Dublin, pinting Iarla O Lionaird, vocalist

The Rolling Wave and Repeal The Union were among other tunes.

The Gloaming are holding a seven-night sold out spring residency at the former exhibition palace on Earlsfort Terrace from March 5-12, their only live dates this year.

The music had a primeval feel to it, with one piece, Oisin, focused on the meeting of Christianity with pre-Christianity and St Patrick, in another signal of March and pending spring.

The Irish-American supergroup began performing in 2011 and draw on Irish musical tradition while embracing elements of jazz, classical and rock.

It is comprised of the celebrated quintet of Hayes on the fiddle, Dennis Cahill on guitar, O Raghallaigh with the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, vocalist O Lionaird and Bartlett on the piano.

Real World Records has released Live At The NCH, a live album from the group recorded during previous sessions at the ornate concert hall, which has become something of a home to them.

It was produced by Bartlett from two years of performances and is comprised of six tracks including The Sailor’s Bonnet.

The Gloaming previously released studio albums in 2016 and 2014.

They have played in London, Sydney, New York City, Hamburg, Paris and Mexico City.

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