The Turning Tide
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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)