Irish ‘supergroup’ to perform March 17

BELOIT, Wis.—Music lovers in Beloit, Wis., can plan to do more than spend St. Patrick’s Day in a local pub.

Friday, March 17, Irish “supergroup” SOLAS will bring its stage show to Beloit College. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Eaton Chapel; general admission tickets are $15 (discounts are available for senior citizens and students) and may be purchased from the Beloit College box office at (608) 363-2755 or online at

Hailed as “the most exciting Irish traditional group in the world,” SOLAS has earned rave reviews in venues throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. The five musicians in the group—Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, Mick McAuley, Deirdre Scanlan and Eamon McElholm—are also accomplished solo artists. Together, the band members work musical magic on stage, proving—in the words of one reviewer—that they are “masters of a tradition, yet transcend musical category.”

SOLAS has produced more than a half-dozen compact discs, including Edge of Silence (2002), Another Day (2003) and Waiting for an Echo (2005). The latter album includes jigs, polkas and reels, as well as original contemporary compositions. SOLAS’ co-founder, the multi-talented Egan, noted that the album is “…a snapshot of where we are musically. We’re a band that happens to have a strong grounding in a particular tradition. But the way we look at it, that tradition allows itself to be played with a little bit; it’s malleable enough and strong enough to allow that.”

Set to debut in April, Reunion: A Decade of SOLAS is the group’s latest offering. It is a recording of a one-time reunion show that took place last fall and featured all the former and present members of the band performing together, including hits from their earliest releases and more recent songs. Guest musicians Chico Huff, Ben Wittman, John Anthony, Michael Aharon and singer-songwriter Anjte Duvekot join SOLAS on the recording.

The concert by SOLAS is sponsored by the Beloit College International Performing Arts & Lecture Series (IPALS), which brings outstanding performers and speakers to Beloit throughout each academic year. The final show of the 2005-06 IPALS series will be a modern jazz concert by acclaimed pianist Ellis Marsalis at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 29 in Eaton Chapel.

From the March 15-21, 2006, issue

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