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The Turning Tide

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Product details

  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compass
  • ASIN: B0031Y4AJE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hugo's Big Reel
  2. Poor Ditching Boy
  3. The Crow's Set (Jig and Three Reels)
  4. Girl in the War
  5. A Waltz for Mairead
  6. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  7. A Sailor's Life
  8. Grady Fernando Comes to Town
  9. Sadhbh Ni Bhruineallaigh
  10. Trip to Kareol
  11. Sorry
  12. A Tune for Rowan

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On The Turning Tide, Solas delivers the raw instrumental virtuosity, the power, the rhythmic ‘hump’, and the dynamic vocal blend that no other band since The Bothy Band has mastered, and in the process showcases the band at the peak of its power. For over a decade, Solas has been recognized as the most influential Irish-American super group.

The album offers a well-conceived set of tunes and songs that share an underlying theme of social commentary. It’s not a new idea for the band – past renditions of "Pastures of Plenty" and "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" are core songs in Solas’ repertoire – but it’s a concept that underscores the current mindset of the members of the band.

Multi-instrumentalist and founding member Seamus Egan explains: “We’re not trying to preach or make a general statement about the world, it just happens to be the kind of material the individuals in the band have gravitated towards.”

Solas is Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar and bodhran), Winifred Horan (fiddle), Mick McAuley (accordion and concertina), Eamon McElholm (guitar and keyboards) and vocalist Mairead Phelan.

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This is another fine album from Solas. They do get more polished with every album. Those who like a rougher, more home-made feeling to their traditional music may have their doubts but this is some of the finest acoustic music of its type. The guitar playing is rock solid and drives it along confidently. Great stuff!
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So this is a cd that I like very much!!!!
The musis is highly energetic, full of power and "enthusiatic".
Solas have done the right mixture between very catchy instrumental tunes and wonderful airy songs.
The even have a somewhat "melancholic" instrumental "waltz for Maired" on this cd.
there is also a Springsteen song "Ghost of Tom Joad" and a Thompson song "Ditching boy" - both well interpreted in their own style.

Well done Solas!
your music is handmade in the very positive way, natural, modern and good-old folkie at the same time.
Seamus Egan seems to be the musical mastermind behind the group, but leaves the other their "freedom" and let them show their own creativity.

The only negative thing is that funny cardboad packing, which will immediately cause scratches on the cd when putting it out of the sleeve, because it is so tight and narrow.
There are other ways to pack this cd better (and that is why there are only 4 stars)
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Beautiful sound, great choice of tracks, I concur with all the other comments, the stirring 'Ghost of Tom Joad' (better than Brucie), the gaelic song (track 9), and 'Sorry' (a bit like the Corrs only better?) - lovely sound throughout, smooth, evocative, captivating. If only they would come back to the UK to perform...
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As an Irish Folk fan for the past 40 years this is one of the best albums I have heard in a long time! I adored the Bothy Band for their musicanship and energy and, as the main review suggests, Solas have caught much of the same feel of power and drive - even in the more haunting songs. I do like their other work but this album really is exceptional!
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Great collection of tunes.
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