on Deepest South
Thursday, May 16, 2013
12:30 pm (edt)
Irish-American super group Solas will stop by WTJU on Thursday, May 16, for some live and conversation. Sunset Road host Pete Marshall will chat with them about their new album, Shamrock City. Solas will be performing that same night at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, and at the State Theater in Culpeper on Saturday, May 18.
Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the US today. Fifteen years ago, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), Solas is rounded out by Mick McAuley (accordians, low whistle, concertina, vocals), Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and newest member and lead singer, Niamh Varian-Barry. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward.