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The Turning Tide

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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

Wow!

My new favorite Solas album. What a great band!

Top of their game

The covers from Josh Ritter, Bruce Springsteen & Richard Thompson are defintely a must. This album from start to finish is amazing!

GREAT!

I've got all of Solas's album's. After listening to the whole album three times, it's now hands down my favorite. Excellent job!

Biography

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...
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