Solas Announces All These Years

Solas Announces All These Years album and tour for 2016
Introduces Newest Member, Vocalist Moira Smiley

2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. To celebrate the occasion the band has recorded a new album entitled All These Years to be released in early 2016, which includes members of the band from across the years and features its newest member, the dynamic Moira Smiley on vocals and banjo. All These Years – 20th Anniversary Tour starts in January at Celtic Connections in Glasgow Scotland.

Formed in 1996, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), who form the backbone of the uniquely definable Solas sound, long time members Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and Mick McAuley (button accordion, vocals) and newest member, Moira Smiley (vocals, banjo), round out the current stellar line up. At 20 years, Solas is musically at the top of their game and continues to be the standard bearer not only for great Irish music, but great music in any genre.

Meet Moira Smiley 

If you haven’t heard or seen Moira Smiley yet, you are in for a treat. Described as “Hypnotizing, haunting, beautiful, ancient, wise and pleasantly eccentric,” Smiley is the newest addition to a cast of characters that includes some of the most accomplished and beloved in Celtic music. A musical polyglot, and vocal shape-shifter, her voice – and composing – are heard on feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR, and on more than 60 albums. In addition to her role as lead singer in Solas, she leads her own group, moira smiley & VOCO, Moira tours with Indie artist tUnE-yArDs, The Lomax Project and Billy Child’s “Laura Nyro Re-Imagined”. Recent solo performances include TED, Stravinsky’s ‘Les Noces’, the London Proms Festival, features on BBC3’s The Choir, and ABC Australia’s Books & Arts programs.

All These Years – All New Material Recording.

As an album, ALL THESES YEARS, reunites the past with the present. Bringing together all the members of the band from the past 20 years, it's a tour de force portrait of a band not content to dwell in nostalgia. Asked to describe the concept behind the album, Seamus Egan says, " we really didn't want to revisit material from the past and make a 'best of' album. I felt it could be interesting to record new music with the various lineups we've had over the years. Each had their own personality and I think listening from track to track that will come through. It was great fun getting back together with everyone to make music again." Going back to the earliest days of the band, the album features, Karan Casey, John Doyle, and John Williams, who along with Winifred and Seamus, comprised the original lineup. Also featured on vocals, Moira Smiley, Deirdre Scanlan, Niamh Varian Barry, Noriana Kennedy, and Mairead Phelan. On guitars, bouzouki and piano, and backing vocals, Eamon McElholm and Donal Clancy. On bass, Trevor Hutchinson and Chico Huff. On button accordion and backing vocals, Mick McAuley and Johnny B. Connolly.

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All These Years – The Tour!

From their early days with singer Karan Casey, to the present lineup featuring Moira Smiley on vocals, Solas' ALL THESE YEARS demonstrates the evolution of a band the New York Times hailed for their “…..unbridled vitality”, and the Boston Globe declared to be “the finest celtic ensemble this country has ever produced”.

Solas’ All These Years - 20th Anniversary tour celebrates their remarkable past while demonstrating why they continue to be one of the most popular, influential, and exciting bands ever to emerge over the past two decades.

Solas - All These Years tour begins in January 2016 at the renowned Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow Scotland, continues to Sweden and then a coast to coast US tour in Feb-Mar. and through summer and fall 2016. www.solasmusic.com for tour schedules and more information.

 

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