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Solas succeed where other Irish bands fail: They're lively without being frenetic; Karan Casey's vocals are high and clear without being ethereal or waifish; and they manage to add texture and complexity to the many traditionals they play. Their self-titled debut contains five songs (not enough!) and eight jigs, reels, and airs. The group know how to build an instrumental up to a fevered pitch, as on "The Yellow Tinker/Cranking Out/Master Crowley's #2," which creates fantasy swirls of accordion and fiddle before the guitar enters with its insistent rhythms. Not that all the pieces are fast: "Crested Hens" is a slow, sweet air -- a bit reminiscent of Jay Ungar or Eileen Ivers -- and "My Johnny's Gone for a Soldier" is a sweet love song about an Irish rebellion. {|Solas">Solas">{|Solas is simply one of the best, most varied albums of Irish music to come out in a long time.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/1996
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351780225
catalogNumber: 78002
Rank: 44662

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Solas   Primary Artist
Seamus Egan   Flute,Guitar,Alto Flute,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Bodhran,Tres,uillean pipes,tin whistle,Low Whistle
John Anthony   Percussion,Bodhran
Karan Casey   Vocals
John Doyle   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Winifred Horan   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Williams [accordion]   Accordion,Concertina,Conductor,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Seamus Egan   Arranger
John Anthony   Engineer
Karan Casey   Arranger
Johnny Cunningham   Arranger,Producer
John Doyle   Arranger
Winifred Horan   Arranger
Solas   Arranger

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