Date:   2/16/2012

Irish supergroup Solas appearing at Thrasher

The highly-acclaimed group Solas makes a return trip to the historic Thrasher Opera House on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. “Solas has electrified crowds everywhere it has played; it’s an Irish traditional band bearing all the marks of greatness.” -The Wall Street Journal

Celebrating their fifteen year anniversary, Solas is one of the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands ever to emerge from America. From Woody Guthrie's Pastures of Plenty, to Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad, to traditional jigs and reels, the Solas brand of Irish music mixes fire tested tradition and contemporary innovation, appealing to music fans of all stripes.

Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), Solas is rounded out by Mick McAuley (accordians, low whistle, concertina, vocals), Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and newest member and lead singer, Niamh Varian-Barry. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward.

"The finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced...combines a deep empathy for the wild grace of traditional music with a savvy understanding of modern arrangement, creating a remarkably contemporary and timeless sound that led them immediately to Celtic superstardom...uniquely fluid, warmly melodic and robust.” - The Boston Globe

This program is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Special accommodations are provided by Heidel House Resort & Spa.

Tickets for this special evening of entertainment are only $22 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279, or online at 


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