Day: November 14, 2020

Saturday Soundtrack: Solas

To be perfectly frank, this year has seemed like one long, unplanned suspension of time on so many fronts. So it seems reasonable to highlight a band this week that has been on an indefinite hiatus since 2017. What’s a little time off among friends, right? When featuring their version of the spooky tune An Unquiet Grave in my Halloween Soundtrack, I mentioned that Solas was my favorite Irish band. Today I want to go deeper into why this ensemble is so loved by those of us hoping that they find time in the future for another reunion tour, at the least. Solas — whose name is an Irish word for “sun” — began as a “one-off” project in 1996 by five talented and fairly well-known musicians in the roots music world. This was at a time when Irish music was poised to build upon its traditional base and move into new directions, and no one did it better than Solas. I was fortunate to hear the band live early in their career. The skillful …