The Gloaming performs during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 8. Ryan Muir for NPR hide caption

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The Gloaming performs during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 8.

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The Gloaming 2012

The Gloaming: globalFEST 2012

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The onset of globalFEST usually marks the arrival of artists largely (or totally) unknown to American audiences, but The Gloaming's set was something else altogether: It was the U.S. debut of an Irish supergroup.

The Gloaming features indie-pop favorite Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill and singer Iarla Ó Lionaird, whose vocals electrified the collection of pieces by fellow Irishman Donnacha Dennehy which became one of NPR Music's favorite albums of 2011. Bartlett's moody musings at the piano provided a dark undercurrent to Celtic reels and jigs.

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