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Shamrock City

Solas Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: THL Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Join Solas, "Irish America's most influential band" (NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock) as they celebrate the release of 'Shamrock City', their 11th album and most ambitious project & live show to date. A family story of immigration, mining and murder, and the remarkable history of Michael Conway & Butte, MT, Kim Ruehl of calls it "a deeply thoughtful, imaginative collection of songs which grapple with the wealth of ideas and emotions inherent in the immigrant journey". Well-known as genre-crossers, special guests on the album include Rhiannon Giddens of GRAMMY Award winning old-time string trio Carolina Chocolate Drops & Aoife O'Donovan of nu-folk trailblazers Crooked Still. The Shamrock City live show, an interactive multi-media stage show that features stories from and projected images of Butte, is receiving rave reviews. Paul Keating, a longtime Irish music critic and founder of the Catskills Irish Art Week released this early review for "Based on the performance this could be a landmark recording, and in some aspects it might very well be the best one they have ever done, which is saying something given the "supernova" status of their early years." Julia Crowley of Eugene Weekly says their Shedd gig was "amazing…excellent…a fascinating story." About Shamrock City: In 1910, Solas band leader Seamus Egan's great-great uncle Michael Conway left his home in Co. Mayo, Ireland and boarded a ship for America. He was headed to the copper mines and boxing rings of Butte, Montana, aka Shamrock City (named so for the influx of Irish immigrants). Six years later, at the age of 25 and in a cloud of mystery, Michael was dead at the hands of local police. 'Shamrock City' as seen through the eyes of Michael, tells the story of the thousands of young men and women who left behind their homes and families for "the Richest Hill on Earth". It reveals their spirit, tenacity and humor, but also the hardships they faced: discrimination, corruption within the mining companies, an unknown and unforgiving land, a system that valued the few over the many. One hundred years later, it's their story, but the struggles of the working class and immigrants are the same. 'Shamrock City' is for those then and now that believe in a better life, and are willing to risk it all for a chance at something more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Folk stories 16 Mar 2014
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Or stories about folk, does what folk music does best reflecting an impressionistic picture of Irish immigrant history.
Great musicianship too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great band! 22 July 2014
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Brilliant. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great solas album 11 Aug 2013
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a great album from a fantastic band not a bad song on here love this album!!!! awesome live band as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff! 20 Mar 2013
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I had the very good fortune to see the debut of this album performed live by Solas at The Historic Blairstown Theater in NJ. It was my introduction to this fine Irish band... and I had no idea what to expect. What I received was an incredibly moving, powerfully written, expertly played tribute to the Irish immigrant miners of Montana. With an impressive video accompaniment to boot! This CD is wonderful in its own right... but as a vehicle to recall the memories of that incredible performance, it is exceptional! I highly recommend listening to a CD, and/or seeing a Solas performance ASAP... either is a most enjoyable memorable experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Recording 1 Jun 2013
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Being a native Montanan, with several cousins residing in Butte, I was thrilled to finally get this recording. I attended a Solas concert in Seattle in 2012, and they played a few songs they were putting on this album, so I already knew what the quality would be like. Well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great cd from a great band. 27 Aug 2013
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This is an amazing album. I am very glad I bought it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes or has an interest in Celtic style music. It's simply beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butte Montana and Good Story Telling 13 May 2013
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I am very biased. I saw Solas 3 times over the last 3 years as this project emerged into an album. Each time they introduced new songs and new stories.
This an accomplished group who are wonderful live and on this CD.
I highly recommend the album to anyone who has a fondness for the Irish in America, the West, or just good Irish roots music. The singing and playing are terrific.
Go see Solas if you can, you won't be disappointed, and buy the album too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music. Fantastic theme of copper mining in Butte MT. 4 Jan 2014
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I've liked these guys for a while, but Shamrock City might be their best work. Worthwhile to see the Shamrock City tour if Solas comes to your area. It's Irish music, yes, but this is a great story of the Irish immigrant.
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