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Solas, self-titled

The Session: Recordings - Solas by Solas

POP REVIEW; Modern Infusions to Celtic and Country - New York Times

With accordionist John Williams, guitarist John Doyle, and singer Karan Casey taking up the cause, Solas released its first album in 1996. Attracting attention for their fine instrumentals and Casey's soulful vocals, their self-titled album was still fairly traditional in character.

Gumbo's Best Albums of 1996

This album, from its first seconds, completely knocked me on my butt. I have not heard an Irish traditional band with this much fire, energy and talent since I first heard The Bothy Band many years ago.

Johnny Cunningham, In Memoriam

Button accordionist John Whelan also benefited from Johnny's relaxed, reassuring presence in the recording studio. "He was a guest on my 'Celtic Crossroads' album and was superb to work with," Whelan recalled from his home in Milford, Conn. "Johnny was so instinctive and supportive. He was producing a Solas album downstairs and came upstairs to work on two tracks of my album."

Folk Alley (( Super Stoked for Solas ))

At that time, this brand new Celtic band was on the scene called Solas. They had only released one record but after the first few seconds of that album, I knew I found the perfect band to close out Friday’s music at the festival. There was this power and energy in that first record—a sound unlike anything I had heard for a Celtic band. I just knew they were going to be something special.

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Solas came together about a year ago to play a couple of festival performances. The five had known each other for some time and soon they became a band. The group's debut album, Solas, was just released on Shanachie Records.

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