A dive into why Solas is my favorite Irish band, even if they are on indefinite hiatus.
One of the great Irish bands of the past decade will be playing twice in Arlington, Virginia this weekend. The band is Solas and since the late 1990s they have been hailed as the best Irish band to ever emerge from the United States. I agree. Led by the terrific Seamus Egen, they exhibit superb musicianship that is infectious, and their new album also includes duet work with the Canadian band The Duhks. Solas will play at a CD-release party on Friday evening, and then will follow that the next day with a concert as part of Planet Arlington’s World Music Festival. Solas is a great live band – which you can see in Arlington and (for those outside Washington) on the joint CD/DVD album SOLAS: Reunion – A Decade of Solas. A great concert and a great band. More to come… DJB