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Album Review

Irish-American, Celtic folk ensemble Solas has built its reputation on a winning combination of peerless musicianship and excellent song choices. Like most solid traditional acts, the group breathes life into standards without ripping away their peaty soul, and when it chooses to include contemporary pieces into the mix, they’re treated with the same amount of respect as their elders. On The Turning Tide, the band’s second recording with new vocalist Mairead Phelan, the five members of Solas have crafted one of their most cohesive and spirited sets since their 1996 debut. Opener "Hugo’s Reel," written by multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, sets the stage for a truly innovative collection of clever originals (“Grady Fernando Comes to Town”), choice covers (Josh Ritter’s heartbreaking “A Girl in the War”), and traditional pieces (“A Sailor’s Life”) that elevate the group to the highest echelon of modern Celtic folk outfits. In an age where traditional music is often twisted, beaten into submission, and spit out akimbo in a desperate attempt to seem current, bands like Solas remind us that you can be forward-thinking without leaving the past in tatters.

Customer Reviews

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Dude it works out cheaper if you buy the album. It costs £9.48 to buy each song seperatly. Although most things apple do doesn't work to your bennefit and normaly costs you alot.

Best yet

This is a great album - in my opinion Solas' best yet, worth every penny


I was drawn to this album by the ghost of tom joad, bought the whole thing and I've absolutely loved it. Love the singing, love the talented musicians; I'm really pleased I took a risk.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Blending a sincere love and respect for the traditions of Irish music with a sense of melodic and instrumental adventure that suggests a clear focus on the future, Solas have established themselves as one of the finest Celtic folk groups working in the United States, with more than one writer describing them as perhaps the finest Irish traditional band extant. Solas is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan. Born in Pennsylvania in 1969, Egan moved to Ireland with his family when he...
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