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Seamus Egan |
In 2018, Seamus Egan, founding member of the seminal band Solas, will be touring for the first time ever, as The Seamus Egan Project, bringing along friends and musical guests, and introducing fans to both the entirety of his immense and influential catalog of music, as well as new music he’s never recorded or performed live. Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking album, When Juniper Sleeps, which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through the 20 year recording career of this iconic band, along with new tunes, Egan will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition, and beyond.

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Seamus Egan Project - John O' Dreams

Seamus Egan Project – Live at Fraser

Pastures of Plenty

Darkness, Darkness by Seamus Egan Project (Live)

Grady Fernando's Live in Philadelphia

Girls on the Line

Seamus Egan Project : Rehearsal in Fairbanks, AK

Seamus Egan Project - Darkness Darkness

Coconut Dog

Hugo's Big Reel

Séamus Egan - Fermoy Lasses

Lament for Frankie

Weep Not For The Memories

The Winding Hills

Seamus Egan - The Czar Of Munster

Masons Apron/My Love Is in America ~ Seamus Egan

In 2018, Seamus Egan, founding member of the seminal band Solas, will be touring for the first time ever, as The Seamus Egan Project, bringing along friends and musical guests, and introducing fans to both the entirety of his immense and influential catalog of music, as well as new music he’s never recorded or performed live. Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking album, When Juniper Sleeps, which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through the 20 year recording career of this iconic band, along with new tunes, Egan will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition, and beyond.

It’s hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his groundbreaking solo work with Shanachie Records, to his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, he’s put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others. As a composer, he was behind the soundtrack for the award-winning film The Brothers McMullen, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan’s breakout hit, “Weep Not for the Memories,” and has scored numerous documentaries and indie films since. As a bandleader, Solas has been the pre-eminent Irish-American band of their generation for the past 20 years, continuously renewing Irish music with fresh ideas, including a collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens on their 2013 album, Shamrock City. As a performer, few others can make so many instruments or such wickedly complex ornaments seem so effortless. Music comes as naturally to Seamus Egan as breath, but his mastery of the tradition is only one facet of his plans to move the music forward.

Originally a band of friends who gathered to enjoy the late night craic of the Irish sessions in Philadelphia and New York, Solas was able to meld the breakneck speed and fun of these late night jams with a more sensitive feel for complex arrangements and composition that came from Egan’s love of other music genres like jazz, classical, bluegrass or rock. Revisiting this period in his music, focusing on the three solo albums he cut before Solas, Egan’s looking back to that initial burst of creativity that followed the breathtaking four All-Ireland Championships he won on four different instruments by the young age of 14 and his turns as a star soloist in his later teens with Mick Moloney’s The Green Fields of America.

Growing up under the wing of powerful elder musicians, Egan’s always paid homage to his roots, but he’s thought of these roots less as a heritage and more as a universal language to be shared. Just as classical or jazz cuts across all ethnicities and unites communities around the world, Egan saw Irish music the same way, and the ensuing decades only served to support this idea. Today, musicians play Irish music all over the world, and part of this comes from the constant evolution the tradition has seen in the past century. Certainly this idea of musical evolution has kept Egan centered through the twenty years he’s spent as founding member of Solas, but the first real inkling of this came from his groundbreaking 1996 album, When Juniper Sleeps. Here, Egan began to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition, blazing his way at spectacular speed through Irish reels, but also bringing in rich compositions and arrangements, and crafting soundscapes to enrich the melodies. This album dropped nearly the same year as Solas’ debut, self-titled album, so it’s no surprise that Egan would reach back to this time period to create new music for new generations.

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11/17/2018 Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center
St Louis, MO
12/02/2018 Happy Days Lodge
Pennisula, OH
1/05/2019 Hopewell Theater
Hopewell, NJ
1/11/2019 James A. Michener Art Museum
Doylestown, PA
1/12/2019 Mauch Chunk Opera House
Jim Thorpe, PA
2/08/2019 River Club Music Hall
Scituate, MA
2/09/2019 North Madison Congregational Church
Madison, CT
2/15/2019 One Longfellow Square
Portland, ME
2/22/2019 Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series
East Lansing, MI
2/23/2019 G.A.R Hall
Peninsula, OH
2/26/2019 Pruis Hall-Ball State University
Muncie, IN
3/01/2019 Winthrop Auditorium - The Barn
Winthrop, WA
3/02/2019 Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
The Seamus Egan Project with Spokane Symphony Orchestra
spokane, WA
3/08/2019 Alberta Rose Theatre
Portland, OR
3/09/2019 McIntyre Hall
Mount Vernon, WA
3/10/2019 The Triple Door
Seattle, WA
4/06/2019 Front Porch
Charlottesville, VA
4/07/2019 Isis Restaurant and Music Hall
Asheville, NC