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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: 18,623 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 Reviewing concert presentation, not the CD 3 Mar 2013
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Just saw Solas in Nevada City, CA, where they presented this new material. The first half of the show consisted (mostly) of Seamus describing his great-grandfather's experiences as a copper miner in Butte Montana, while historic photographs of that time and place were projected on a screen behind the band. After providing introductory background information, Seamus would introduce each successive song within the context of his grandfather's (very short) life. Along the way, he wove in his thoughts about the greater American immigrant experience and provided information about working conditions at the time and the struggles workers had to undergo to win minimal concessions regarding working conditions from the corporations. I felt the weaving together of the stories and the songs worked very well and the new material was very strong (from a songwriting perspective) and emotionally engaging. The second half of the show was given over to playing tunes not associated with Butte. As for the playing, it surpassed my expectations. I'd never experienced Solas live, although I do have their first live dvd, which I've watched countles times, as well as their first three cds. I was, to be honest, expecting to be disappointed by the absence of Karen Kasey and John Doyle, but in fact, the current vocalist Niamh Varian-Barry knocked me out. She is a powerful singer (contralto?) with great dynamics, who can muster more power and really belt it out in a way that previous Solas singers did not. John Doyle's replacement, guitarist Eamon McElholm, was very solid, if not quite as scintillating and vibrant as Doyle, who sets a ridiculously high standard. The core trio of Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan and Mick McCauley were magnificent, although I much prefer Egan when he's playing banjo or pipes-- his nylon string guitar playing does little for me and the timbre tends to get buried in the mix. Personally, Horan is my favorite Solas player and one of my favorite musicians, in any genre. The intensity, virtuosity, playfulness and overall sense of abandon that has always marked her playing were very much in evidence. This is not to say that the rest of the band were in any way slouches-- they all played masterfully-- I simply find Horan particularly captivating. This is a band that glorifies and at the same time, transcends the genre of Traditional Irish music and experiencing them in concert is to feel completely taken over-- bodily, mentally and spiritually-- and carried away on a blissful journey. If this is what you desire from music, then I highly recommend you see the band on their current tour. And yes, I will be buying this cd!
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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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