“Solas offers a compellingly original, strikingly contemporary view of traditional Celtic sounds.” -- Los Angeles Times
Celebrating their fifteen year anniversary, Solas is one of the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands ever to emerge from America. From Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty", to Springsteen's "Ghost of Tom Joad", to traditional jigs and reels, the Solas brand of Irish music mixes fire tested tradition and contemporary innovation, appealing to music fans of all stripes.
With ten albums under their belt, Solas; band leader Seamus Egan was inspired by his family history to create Shamrock City. Shamrock City tells the story of Butte, MT, a mining town at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of an Irish immigrant and Seamus; great-great uncle, Michael Conway. In 1910 he sailed from Cobh, Co. Cork in Ireland to Philadelphia and then made his way to Butte to work in the copper mines. Six years later, at the young age of 25, he was dead from a blow to the head. Shamrock City seeks to not only uncover the life and young death of Conway, but to also illuminate life as an immigrant during the Industrial Revolution.