Solas

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

New York-based Irish-American folk band Solas’ name translates as ‘light’ in Gaelic. They have brought new lustre to the roots/folk genre with their high-energy take on Irish traditional music. Founded in 1996, the quintet originally comprised Seamus Egan (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; flute, whistles, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán), Karan Casey (lead vocals), John Doyle (guitar/vocals) Winifred Horan (fiddle) and Mick McAuley (accordion, concertina, whistles, vocals). Spokesman Egan is well known throughout New York for his work as a freelance producer and prolific solo artist (also for Shanachie Records). Indeed, all the members of the band have been involved in other projects in some capacity during their time with Solas. Egan elaborated to Billboard magazine in 1998, ‘I think the combined experience level keeps growing, and it reflects back on the group.’ Part of their agenda is an attempt to educate New York audiences that Irish...

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