The Darkling Air are Rachel McCarthy and Michael Keeney and for this gig will be joined by their long time collaborators Arco String Quartet.

Following the release of their acclaimed debut album Untamed & Beloved in 2016, the group performed extensively on radio and television, receiving widespread airplay (BBC Radio Ulster, RTE, BBC 6 Music) while performing at a host of arts festivals. Filmic folk-noir coupled with poetic lyrics, piano, guitar and strings produce a richly emotive and melancholic sound world accompanied by bespoke projected visuals.

The Darling Air performed their first performance of their second Ancestor for Aspects Irish Literature Festival Finale back in October 2019 and this event is a welcome return to the stage and will showcase new music from their upcoming third album.

'The purity of voice, the measured intensity of instrumentation and the depth of lyrical portrait ... I can’t recommend The Darkling Air’s Untamed & Beloved highly enough.'

Stephen McCauley – Soundscapes, BBC Radio Ulster

'Powerful vocals combined with circular piano motions and thematic reiteration in strings, a harmonious melancholic scene is certainly set.'

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Bangor Castle
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Getting to The Darkling Air

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Bangor Castle

Castle Park
BT20 4BN
United Kingdom