Friday, March 3, 2017

From Ireland to Montana: Solas and "Far Americay"



Our random tune for today is by Solas. Solas, whose name means "light," was formed in 1994 in Philadelphia to play traditional Irish tunes and the original compositions of its members. In 1996 they got their first national exposure on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion radio show and that same year recorded their first album. They are still active despite many personnel changes. This song, Far Americay, can be found on their album Shamrock City (2013). The song is a kind of lament within a concept album which follows a man from Ireland to the Butte, Montana mines.