Solas The Hour Before Dawn

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Shanachie

Entertainment Reviews:

CMJ - 10/16/00, p.57
"...Continues to push the enevelope....a vision of modern Irish music that is still, deeply connected to its ancient roots."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Bheadh Buachaillin Deas Ag Sile
  • Buy for $0.992.Granny Quinn's / The Lilac Reel / Sporting Pat
  • Buy for $0.993.Last of the Great Whales
  • Buy for $0.994.A Little Child
  • Buy for $0.995.A Miner's Life
  • Buy for $0.996.What's Up With Win / Sonny Brogan's / Cahal's Jig
  • Buy for $0.997.When My Love and I Parted
  • Buy for $0.998.Homeless
  • Buy for $0.999.Boy / Girl Tune
  • Buy for $0.9910.Bruach Na Carriage Baine
  • Buy for $0.9911.Bonnie Mae
  • Buy for $0.9912.The New Custom House / The Flavor Of The Month / The Tinker's Daughter / Dogs Among The Bushes / Pinch Of Snuff
  • Buy for $0.9913.I Will Remember You

Product Description:

This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Solas includes: Deirdre Scanlan (vocals); Seamus Egan (various instruments); John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, background vocals); Winifred Horan (fiddle, background vocals); Mick McAuley (whistle, accordion, concertina, background vocals).
Recorded at MAJA Audio Group, Philadlphia, Pennsylvania.
As the title suggests, The Hour Before Dawn is a mellower album than any of Solas' three previous efforts. The record is weighted toward the soft and reflective, successfully evoking musically the quiet sunrise atmosphere captured in Didem Atahan's beautiful cover design. "A Little Child," for instance, is a lovely slow air that gives talented fiddler Winifred Horan an expressive solo. "When My Love and I Parted" is hauntingly rendered with wailing strings. Even the union ballad "A Miner's Life," a song that might have been played with more verve on the earlier records, is given a very fetching mellow treatment centered around a rare lead vocal performance by guitarist John Doyle. The new mood is a welcome change of pace from the other records, which tended to vary little in tone from one to the next. And even in the quietest tracks, the arrangements are always inventive and detailed, a hallmark of the Solas style. But one can't help missing the explosive dynamism of past efforts. There is no "Maid on the Shore," "Pastures of Plenty," or "Song of Choice," songs that allowed the band to kick into a high-octane performance style unmatched by any of its Celtic peers. The band's song selections are also a little more conservative here than on The Words That Remain, which featured a few experiments with American folk. The one (admittedly significant) exception is "I Will Remember You," a Solas-ized version of the hit pop song that Solas leader Seamus Egan wrote with Sarah McLachlan. It is performed charmingly by new lead vocalist Deirdre Scanlan, who is perhaps not as distinctive or as remarkable a singer as the departed Karan Casey, but nonetheless provides a lovely foundation for the masterful musicianship of her colleagues. The cover, like much of The Hour Before Dawn, reveals new facets of the band's sound. This shouldn't be the only Solas record in your collection, but it's a must-have for serious Celtic music enthusiasts. ~ Evan Cater

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  • UPC: 016351784124
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