Interview with Martin Hayes and Iarla Ó Lionáird of The Gloaming
by Paul O’Connor
POC: A lot must have happened during your ‘creative retreat’ together in Grouse Lodge earlier in the year.
MH: The instrumentation was agreed, the melodies were there, the general sketch of the arrangements was there, but they were very much sketches. There’s a lot of on-the-spot decisions being made live. There are stretches where Caoimhín and myself are going ‘what’ll it be tonight I wonder?’ And there’s definitely big chunks for Tom to produce something different every night. We’re enjoying that — there’s a kind of formation process going on live, where we are leaving plenty of freedom for each other.
IÓL: We prepared material together in Grouse Lodge, but to see Tom in full flight on stage is a very different experience.
Published on 5 January 2012