Irish supergroup The Gloaming and a galaxy-saving session with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, tonight on Folkadelphia

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Since we’re friends, let’s be real with each other – supergroups, especially when self-proclaimed, are usually a bust. The collaboration between this highly acclaimed, highly respected group usually produces sub-par music compared to each individuals’ normal output. Every once in a while though, synergy takes hold, chemistry kicks in, and the result is something unbelievable and out of this world. The Gloaming, a collaboration between pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddler Martin Hayes, hardanger Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, and singer Iarla Ó Lionaird, lives up to the supergroup title and then some more. On their debut eponymous album, The Gloaming create lush and extremely dynamic sonic landscapes that are rooted in the Irish folk tradition – perfect for Folkadelphia listeners. Watch this introduction to the Gloaming:

On this episode of Folkadelphia, we premiere an acoustic session with the lovely humans in Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors that we recorded on Halloween. A true family affair, Drew Holcomb and Ellie Bannister Holcomb stopped by with their band, fully clad in Star Wars costumes, and even had their baby daughter Emmylou “trick-or-treat” at our studio door. It was all very precious and so is the music they made that evening. Watch the video for their song “The Wine We Drink” below:

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