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 The finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced.

- The Boston Globe

 In a manner befitting their name (a Gaelic word meaning “light”), Solas burst onto a largely dormant Irish music scene and almost instantly became a beacon - an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to crossover clichs.

Now, as Mairead Phelan, an exciting young singer from Kilkenny, steps up to lend her exquisite vocals to the existing line up of Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar and bodhran), Winifred Horan (fiddle), Mick McAuley (accordion and concertina) and Eamon McElholm (guitar and keyboards), the band heads into their second decade of playing tight, fiery Irish music.

For Love and Laughter breaks fresh ground in duets with Canada’s folk phenoms The Dukhs and an inspired rendition of Rickie Lee Jones’s “Sailor Song”,while it offers the imaginative reinterpretations of traditional material that Solas has been playing to the delight of their fans worldwide.

Summer/Fall 08 Tour Dates


15 - 17  Milwaukee Irish Fest / Milwaukee

29 - 30 Planet Arlington / Arlington, VA


6 - 7  Virginia Irish Fest / Leesburg,

10  Tupelo Music Hall / Londonderry, NH

13 - 14 ICONS Festival / Boston

16  Higher Ground Showcase Lounge / S. Burlington, VT

18  The Egg / Albany, NY

19  Towne Crier / Pawling, NY

20  Sullivan Hall / NYC

21  World Cafe Live / Philadelphia

23  Anthology Lounge / San Diego

24  El Rey Theater / Los Angeles

27  KVMR Celtic Festival / Grass Valley, CA

28  Crescent Elk Auditorium / Crescent City, CA

30 Triple Door / Seattle

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