Join Solas, “Irish America’s most influential band” (NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock) as they celebrate the release of Shamrock City, their 11th album at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, Sunday April 14th. In 1910, Solas band leader Seamus Egan’s great-great uncle Michael Conway left his home in Co. Mayo, Ireland and boarded a ship for America. He was headed to the copper mines and boxing rings of Butte, Montana, aka Shamrock City (named so for the influx of Irish immigrants). Six years later, at the age of 25 and in a cloud of mystery, Michael was dead at the hands of local police. This show is inspired by the family story of immigration, mining and murder, and the remarkable history of Michael Conway & Butte, MT,
The Shamrock City live show, an interactive multi-media stage show that features stories from and projected images of Butte, is receiving rave reviews. Paul Keating, a longtime Irish music critic with IrishCentral.com: “Based on the performance this could be a landmark recording, and in some aspects it might very well be the best one they have ever done, which is saying something given the “supernova” status of their early years.” Readers who witnessed their RTE 1 Late Late Show performance last Friday will most certainly agree.
Fifteen years ago, in a manner befitting their name (Irish 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 good friend of Sligo Live Festival ,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 Irish music world and drive the genre forward.
Don’t miss this dynamic performance at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, Sunday April 14th. Sun 14 April, 8pm €20/18conc. Tickets are available from the Hawk’s Well Theatre Box Office on 071 916 1518 or at http://www.hawkswell.com.