Irish trad band Solas was a phenomenon when they took the folk music world by storm over ten years ago. They continue their reign as kings of the hill with their new release “For Love and Laughter” (Compass Records), which hits the streets on August 26. Granted, they share rare air at the top of that mountain with the likes of Altan, Dervish, and others. But one might argue that Solas is the best of the lot, and one might not be refuted.
“For Love and Laughter” features the pure singing of newest member and Kilkenny native Mairead Phelan, who tackles traditional Gaelic pieces and modern pop-folk with equally masterful results on this release. And of course, as always, the core of their sound is anchored by the mighty melody work of founding members Seamus Egan (banjo, flute, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, and more) and Winifred Horan (fiddle). The band also includes great players Mick McAuley on accordians, concertina, low whistle, and vocals, and Eamon McElholm on guitars, keyboards, and vocals.
For all fans of traditional Irish music–you won’t be disappointed.