Traditional Irish Music
We take great pleasure in bringing you an exclusive premiere from the new album by Irish-American band Solas. The album is called ‘All These Years’ and it is a celebration of 20 years together as a band. It will be launched at Celtic Connections on 21st January, followed by a US tour. The current lineup includes multi-instrumentalist and founding member Seamus Egan, founding member and fiddler Winifred Horan, accordionist Mick McAuley, guitarist Eamon McElholm, and new member Moira Smiley on vocals.
To add additional interest to the album they have invited a number of previous band members to be part of the recording. This includes singers Karen Casey, Deirdre Scanlan, Mairead Phelan, Niamh Varian Barry, and Noriana Kennedy. Early band members like John Williams on accordion, and guitarists John Doyle and Donal Clancy also make a very welcome appearance. “We thought it was a way for us to celebrate the past with all of the people who had been important to us over the years,” explains Seamus Egan. “But we didn’t want to use this as an exercise in nostalgia, because we weren’t interested in that at all. Even though we’ve been at it 20 years, I think creatively we’re still as excited about the possibilities as we were back then.”
This is track 2 from the album called "Standing on the Shore" featuring Moira Smiley.
In their press release they state that if you “listen to their first album from 1996, you can hear the same explosive energy that still drives them today, fueled by an Irish flair for wickedly complex music played in disarmingly subtle ways. Now, on All These Years, you’ll also hear Solas’ wide-reaching influences, from the roiling global cross-rhythms they bring to tunes like “Lucy Locket’s/The Quiet Pint/The Sleepy Sailors”, to the beautiful Celtic reworkings of the 70s classic “Darkness Darkness” from The Youngbloods and Patty Griffin’s “You Are Not Alone” (sung here by Karen Casey).
You’ll also see the spotlight they bring to underground songwriters like County Cork’s Ger Wolfe (the gloriously understated “Lay Me Down”) or Montana songwriter Martha Scanlan (“Little Bird of Heaven”). While they push far afield, they refuse to turn their backs on the Irish traditions they love so well, as in their masterful versions of classics like “Willie Moore,” the nationalist ballad “Padraig Og Mo Chroi,” and the great “Wandering Aengus.” Balancing tradition and innovation as deftly as this has always been a key part of Solas’ musical formula.”
The album will be available on 19th February and will be launched at Celtic Connections in Glasgow on 21st January, followed by a US tour.
For tour information on their upcoming US tour visit www.solasmusic.com/shows
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