Solas - Free Concert - Ridgefield CT - Part of Chirp Series

Patrizia is hosting this event.

Note:  In the event of rain, they will move the show into the Ridgefield Playhouse

Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the US today. Fifteen years ago, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. 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.

With ten albums under their belt, Solas' band leader Seamus Egan was inspired by his family history to create Shamrock City – their most ambitious project to date. Shamrock City tells the story of Butte, MT, a mining town at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of an Irish immigrant and Seamus' great-great uncle, Michael Conway. In 1910 he sailed from Cobh, Co. Cork in Ireland to Philadelphia and then made his way to Butte to work in the copper mines. Six years later, at the young age of 25, he was dead from a blow to the head. With audio recorded in Philadelphia and film footage in Butte, Shamrock City seeks to not only uncover the life and young death of Conway, but to also illuminate life as an immigrant during the Industrial Revolution. With an EP of five songs available at gigs, as well as visuals and stories incorporated into the live show, fans will get a taste of the full album, to be released in early 2013.

It's no secret that Solas is often drawn to musical social commentary - "Pastures of Plenty" and "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" are core to their repertoire, and they've covered political songs by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Josh Ritter. The themes in and around Shamrock City, particularly the stories and lives of immigrants, are reflected prominently in the headlines of 2012. With the Shamrock City project and current tour, Solas seeks to reach beyond the music by creating opportunities for fans to share their family histories at tour stops and online. In the process, the project aims to create a more meaningful and open dialogue about many of the issues we face in today's America. For anyone who associates Irish music solely with pubs, green beer and March, be prepared to have your mind firmly changed.

CHIRP is a series of free Tuesday and Thursday night summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield. It also sponsors the U.S. Military Band concerts held several times a year at the H.S. auditorium. CHIRP is totally funded by individual and foundation donations as well as contributions from local businesses. It is co-sponsored by the town of Ridgefield through its Parks & Rec. Dep’t. and The Ridgefield Press. Concerts begin at 7p.m. Please understand that we love dogs BUT they are not permitted in Ballard Park.

CHIRP’s mission is to present to its audience music and professional musicians who would not normally otherwise have a venue in the Ridgefield/Danbury area. It’s main goal is to build community through shared experience.

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  • Elyse

    sorry I missed it and did not change rsvp. hope to see you next time!!

    July 31, 2013

  • marilyn f.

    yes, it was a nice night. sorry I could not find you all.

    July 31, 2013

  • Patrizia

    For who was there or wanted to be here is a link with the latest from the band. It will automatically play most of the recent pieces. I know what I missed last night....they didn't have any percussion... :(
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwan6C3bNp8&list=TLOh9dKsuxEDE

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great concert and a perfect cool summer evening, we really had a nice time. Thanks Patrizia.

    July 31, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Another great summer concert in the park, in absolutely perfect weather! Thank you to all those of you who came! It was fun!

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How's parking there? Anyone who is familiar with Ridgefield, please advise. Thanks.

    July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Patrizia,

      July 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I cannot make it tonight as I just got out of work. Hope you have a great time.

      July 30, 2013

  • marilyn f.

    I am here near white truck. Not sure where u are but oh well. Friend coming too. See you if I can

    July 30, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Elena,
    as always, when I go to a concert, I try to be as close as possible to the stage. First row...if you want to find me, while some people prefer to stay back because they have more freedom of talking... It's a matter of preferences.

    1 · July 27, 2013

    • Elena

      Hi Patrizia,
      Thank you for your replay. I'll try to find you in the first row. :) I've sent you my cell phone # through a Meetup site. Please call me or better text with your cell #. Just in case. :)
      See you,
      Elena.

      July 30, 2013

  • Craig

    weak maybe at this moment but hope to make it.

    July 30, 2013

  • Patrizia

    I just received this email about parking from the CHIRP Organization and I am copying here for those of you who are not too familiar with the area:
    " We are expecting a large no. of people tonight - Celtic music is always very popular -and wanted to give you some parking suggestions. Parking is available in lots off Bailey avenue as well as Governor St. St Mary's School at 183 High Ridge Road has a large parking lot in front of it. St. Stephen's Church at 351 Main St. has a lot behind the church and the Lounsbury Community Ctr. just south of Governor St. on Main also has a parking lot. The lot at the Ballard Senior Housing Complex is reserved for residents and the handicapped as well as less mobile seniors. If you are meeting friends at the park, perhaps you can car pool with them? any help in reducing the no. of cars needing parking will be appreciated by all."
    I hope this is helpful. Patrizia~

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Patrizia

    I hate to say, Diane....but this is not a hike. SOLAS is an Irish-American band...and we will be sitting... :)
    On the bright side... we are going to have the most beautiful weather we could imagine for this concert under the stars!

    July 30, 2013

  • Diane

    I am new to the group and looking forward to the hike.

    July 29, 2013

  • marilyn f.

    Ok but how do we find you? What if it rains?

    July 29, 2013

    • Patrizia

      Marilyn, see reply to Elena. It's supposed to be perfect weather!

      July 29, 2013

  • marilyn f.

    Oops just saw the info. If rain then inside

    July 29, 2013

  • Elena

    Hi Patrizia, how to find you there? Where are you going to meet?

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward

    July 27, 2013

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