Solas (group)

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Solas live in 2010
Background information
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active1996–present
LabelsCompass Records
Shanachie Records
Associated actsAntje Duvekot
MembersSéamus Egan
Winifred Horan
Mick McAuley
Éamon McElholm
Moira Smiley
Past membersKaran Casey
John Williams
John Doyle
Deirdre Scanlan
Mairead Phelan
Niamh Varian-Barry
Noriana Kennedy

Solas (Irish: light) is an American musical group officially formed in 1996, playing Irish traditional music as well as original compositions that dabble in the country, rock, and americana genres.

Their name comes from an Irish word meaning "light". At the time, the band was made up of Séamus Egan, who had already recorded two solo albums as well as a soundtrack to a film; Winifred Horan, a member of Cherish the Ladies; John Doyle, previously a member of Susan McKeown & The Chanting House with Egan; Karan Casey and John Williams.[1]

In June 2008 the band announced Mairead Phelan had joined the group as their new singer. In September 2010, Niamh Varian-Barry [2] from Cork replaced Mairead Phelan as lead singer of Solas.[3] On July 11, 2013, they announced on their Facebook page that Niamh was leaving the band and that Noriana Kennedy would be replacing her.[4]



  1. ^ "John Williams". Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  2. ^ "Niamh Varian-Barry". Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  3. ^ "Compass Records". Compass Records. 2010-09-21. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  4. ^ "Solas - Important News from Solas: It has been a joy..." Facebook. Retrieved 2013-10-02.

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