Johnny's Gone For A Soldier

(3'49 , 1.75 Mo)

Extrait de l'album SOLAS (1996), avec: Karan Casey (chant); John Doyle (guitare); Winifred Horan (violon); Seamus Egan (flûte); John Williams (accordéon).


"Led by Seamus Egan, this Irish folk supergroup has invigorated the Irish traditional music scene by incorporating non-traditional instruments. The group's members make use of instruments like guitar, banjo and bouzouki to add a modern spice to their sound, which is heavily rooted in Irish reels, jigs and other folk song forms. Egan was born in Philadelphia but moved to Ireland with his parents at age three. He began taking lessons on tin whistle when he was little more than a toddler, and later returned to the U.S. with his family when he was 14. He recorded his first album, Traditional Music of Ireland, for Shanachie Records at age 16. As a teen prodigy, he toured with Peter, Paul and Mary and bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, and also recorded with Vernon Reid of Living Colour, playing uilleann pipes. Solas consists of Egan on flute, tin whistle and banjo, fiddle player Winifred Horan, concertina/accordion player John Williams, guitarist John Doyle and vocalist Karan Casey. Most of the group's members come from New York, and as a trio, Egan, Horan and Doyle discovered they enjoyed playing with the Chicago-based Williams. The group didn't become Solas -- the Celtic word for "light" -- until they added vocalist Karan Casey. Multi-instrumentalist Egan has won All-Ireland championships on several instruments, including flute, tin whistle, mandolin, and banjo, while the other members of the group (except for guitarist Doyle) have training in Irish music and dance going back to their grammar school years. The band made their debut as a group at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and their second performance was at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. Solas had no aspirations to tour and record as a band, but within a matter of months playing in Manhattan's Irish bars, they had a record deal. A short while later, in 1996, they found themselves on a cross-country tour, where they performed on National Public Radio programs like Mountain Stage and Prairie Home Companion. Solas has recorded several albums for the New Jersey-based Shanachie label, among them Solas, their 1996 debut, and Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers, 1997. Words That Remain followed in 1998. Egan has recorded several albums under his own name, including Traditional Music of Ireland, (1986), A Week In January (1990), and When Juniper Sleeps (1996), all for Shanachie Records. Casey's album Songlines (1997) was released on the same label. John Williams' self-titled debut was released in 1995 on Green Linnet Records. Winifred Horan can be heard on several albums by Cherish the Ladies, including The Back Door (1992) and Out and About (1993). The group won a National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) "Indie" award in 1997 for their self-titled debut album. -- Richard Skelly, All Music Guide "



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