Reunion - Solas
In Irish Gaelic, Solas means ‘light’. For ten years this Philadelphia-based band has been a leading light in the New Traditionalist movement of Irish music. To celebrate a decade of making new music in the old style, Solas rounded up all their past and present members for a reunion concert in their home town of Philadelphia. Solas founder Seamus Egan concedes that the band has always wanted to do a live CD, but when all the old members became available to do the reunion gig, it became an event that was fit to be captured on camera. Reunion is a CD/DVD collection on Compass Records that records both the sights and the sounds of this anniversary for posterity. Over the past decade the band has weathered storms that would have disbanded lesser groups, including having to replace their lead singer. But their trademark blend of the traditional and contemporary continues unabated and unmatched on this side of the pond. Maybe that’s why Solas have been called, “the first truly great Irish band to arise from America”.