Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Enjoying An Evening with Solas
2012-02-22 · By Editor
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with authentic and energetic Celtic music as Carpenter Performing Arts Center brings An Evening with Solas to the campus of Cal State Long Beach on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
Formed in 1996 in Philadelphia, Solas has been proclaimed as “the first truly great Irish band to arise from America” by the Boston Herald. Widely regarded as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band from the United States, Solas’ authenticity delivers a show with the world’s best contemporary Irish-folk music fit for the holiday.
The Solas sound today is anchored by founders Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan. Both of them are the only American-born musicians in Solas with Egan born in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, but moved to County Mayo, Ireland at age 3. He plays flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar and bodhran. Horan was born in New York City and plays the fiddle. They are two of the most respected—and imitated—musicians anywhere in acoustic music.
The rest of the band hails from Ireland, with accordion and concertina player Mick McAuley from Kilkenny. Eamon McElholm is from County Tyrone, and plays guitar and keyboards. In addition, Niamh Varian-Barry recently joined Solas as the band’s lead singer, and completed a Masters in Performance at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin in 2011.
Solas is a favorite at all the major Celtic and folk festivals, including Philadelphia, Edmonton, the legendary National Folk Festival, and Milwaukee’s Irish fest; but also at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the chamber music summer series at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They have appeared at Symphony Hall, Wolf Trap, the Ford Amphitheater, and Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland. In New York City, where the band was based in its early years, they played at the legendary Bottom Line folk club, but also at vaunted classical venues Town Hall and Symphony Space. Solas has released 10 albums in the past 16 years, with the most recent most The Turning Tide released in 2010.
Tickets for An Evening with Solas are on sale for $35. For group rates or special seating request, contact the ticket office at (562) 985-7000 or visit www.CarpenterArts.org. This presentation is made possible in part by Season Media Partner KPCC 89.3FM.