The Gloaming’s self-titled début album is simply magnificent. This is contemporary music that is both deeply rooted in traditional Irish music or Sean-nós singing and totally in tune with the century musical zeitgeist.
Lá Lugh: Mál Bhán Ní Chuilleannáin /The destitution
Introduced as a “record about our love of the song, the most constant of musical forms”, "Songs" (2014) by Ergodos Musicians is a delightful project exploring the shared dynamics between music composition and improvisation, word and music settings, vocal and instrumental phrasing.
“Ensemble” is a great word choice: it conveys the idea of a group of musicians playing in the field of either classical, contemporary or jazz music, while in the Irish context, composer Seán Ó Riada’s band Ceoltóirí Chualann introduced the idea of ensemble playing in traditional Irish music in the early 1960s. The music of the Ensemble Ériu project encompasses all of the above.