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high energy traditional Irish quintet
$30 adv / $32 doorPurchase tickets online
February 10 8:00 pm
The outstanding Irish-American band Solas plays a rich blend of time-honored Irish music, distinctive originals, and the occasional well-chosen cover, weaving together a tapestry of influences from folk, country, jazz, and traditional music from around the world. The Boston Herald trumpeted the quartet as “the first truly great Irish band to arise from America,” the Washington Post dubbed them one of the “world’s finest Celtic-folk ensembles,” and the Austin American-Statesman called them “the standard by which contemporary Celtic groups are judged.” From their early days with singer Karan Casey, to the present configuration featuring Moira Smiley on vocals, Solas' All These Years tour showcases the evolution of one of the most influential bands in the history of Irish music. Founding members and Solas stalwarts Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan look forward to bringing the past, present, and future of the band to the stage, with a program sure to delight audiences with old favorites and new material that lights the way forward.
Since its inception in New York City 20 years ago, the band has won the award for Best Celtic Recording from the Association for Independent Music three times, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and released 11 acclaimed albums, including Shamrock City, which explores the rough and tumble world of Butte, Montana at the turn of the twentieth century, when it was known as Shamrock City because of all the Irish immigrants who sought work there. One such immigrant was Seamus’s great-great-uncle Michael Conway, who left Cobh in County Cork, sailed to Philadelphia, and made his way to Butte, where, after six years of laboring in the copper mines, he was killed at the age of 25 by a blow to the head. Folk Alley calls the album “a deeply thoughtful, imaginative collection of songs which grapple with the wealth of ideas and emotions inherent in the immigrant journey.” With Seamus Egan on flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, and bodhran, Winifred Horan on violins and vocals, Mick McAuley on accordions, low whistle, concertina, and vocals, Eamon McElholm on guitars, keyboards, and vocals, and Moira Smiley on lead vocals, the band lays it all on the line when they step on stage.
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