Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), Solas is rounded out by Mick McAuley (accordions, 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 Celtic music world and drive the genre forward. Their latest album, Shamrock City, was inspired by band leader Seamus Egan’s family history. It tells the story of Butte, MT, a mining town at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of an Irish immigrant and Seamus’s great-great uncle, Michael Conway. The concert will feature a video about the life and young death of Conway, including archival footage shot in Butte, a video that illuminates life as an immigrant during the Industrial Revolution. Shamrock City will be released in early 2013.
Tickets are $25 in advance at dansmallspresents.com, the State Theatre box office and McNeil Music. more info at dansmallspresents.com