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Solas, acclaimed by many as the most exciting Irish traditional group in the world,
They interpret a wide range of material in surprising ways; songs by contemporary artists are given a Celtic tinge, making explicit their connections with the deep, ultimately Celtic roots of American music.
It's rare to find a group of such high-level musicians who are not only completely open to the idea of expanding their sound, but are also able to take those ideas to a new and exciting place."
Solas, having already created some of the greatest recordings of Irish music ever, are determined to expand the musical possibilities of the traditions they've mastered
( flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, tin wistle, low whistle, guitars, bodhran)
has released three acclaimed solo albums for Shanachie; He also performed on a soundtrack tied to the 1995 Oscar winning movie Dead Man Walking and more recently wrote a "crisply pulsative score," said Billboard Editor-in-Chief Timothy White, for the Irish stage show Dancing on Dangerous Ground.
WINIFRED HORAN (fiddle)
A violin graduate of boston's prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, this native New Yorker previously toured and recorded with Cherish the Ladies and The Sharon Shannon Band. A nine-time Irish stepdancing titlist, and an All-Ireland fiddle champion,
( button accordion, concertina, piano accordion, low whistle, backing vocal)
From Callan, Kilkenny, Mick started on the button accordion at age nine, rapidly becoming a virtuoso on it and other instruments. Among the many musicians he has recorded or performed with are Ron Havana, Niamey Parsons, and Karan Casey.
EAMON McELHOLM (guitars, vocals, keyboards)
Eamon was born and raised in County Tyrone in the North of Ireland. He was brought up playing all types of music from Irish traditional to rock and classical and so when it came to writing his own material he had plenty of influences in the melting pot. For the last number of years he has been heavily involved with well-known Irish band 'Stockton's Wing' as singer, songwriter and guitarist Eamon has been awarded the Performing Rights Society/ John Lennon Songwriters Award