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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SHANACHIE
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305863261
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Recorded live March 17, 1998, at the Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT

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Song list:

1. Timmy Cliffords
2. Roger the Miller
3. The Beauty Spot
4. She Is Like the Swallow
5. The Maid on the Shore
6. Crested Hens
7. Big Reel of Ballynacally
8. My Parents Reared Me Tenderly
9. Pastures of Plenty
10. Patsy Touhey's Set
11. The Wind That Shakes the Barley
12. Paddy Taylors
13. The Newry Highwayman

Recorded live March 17, 1998 at the Flynn Theatre, Burlington, Vermont. 90 minutes.

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The explosion of interest in Celtic music has trained a bright spotlight on the Irish-American band Solas, whose eclectic menu of songs veers alternately toward American shores and back toward County Kerry. Solas Live, featuring a 1998 performance in Burlington, Vermont, filmed for Vermont Public Television, boasts no tricky camera angles or graphics-enhanced effects, but simply allows Solas's infectious music to take center stage. Vocalist Karan Casey (who later left the band to pursue a solo career) is in top form, spinning yarns to introduce the songs and then breaking into her pure soprano. Fiddler Winifred Horan surely ranks among the finest contemporary Celtic musicians, and her lightning-quick playing is truly breathtaking. Highlights include Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty," the very traditional-sounding "She Is Like the Swallow," and the toe-tapping "Big Reel of Ballynacally." And Seamus Egan's fiery flute on "Patsy Touhey's Set" will stay with you long after the disc is over. --Anne Hurley

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Doherty on May 31, 2000
Format: DVD
This DVD is a recording of a live concert by Solas, truly one of the most accomplished of the traditional Irish instrumental bands. Energetic reels and jigs are interspersed with tender ballads. Karan Casey's plaintive, heartfelt vocals are a wonderful counterpoint to the viruosity of the rest of the band. I attended this concert, and would highly recommend the DVD/VHS for aficianados of traditional Irish music. Solas is simply great!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Muir McGregor on September 3, 2001
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This is what a music DVD is all about -no fancy lighting, no pyrotechnics -just great musicianship.This is Solas at their peak -from the vocals of departed member Karen Casey to the fantastic guitar playing of John Doyle (now left to pursue other avenues)it is a tour de force in Irish/American music.I don't know how the new line-up will compare -but buy this DVD now and see and hear how a group at it's best sound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 14, 2003
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Do you remember when the cutting edge of Irish Music was the Bothy Band, then the Chieftains, then Altan, then Solas? I do. When no one else was ready to jump into fast and furious reelin' of the reels, there was Solas. I remember when the old world attitude had its nose stuck up against the Newry Highwayman, as the story is about a poor lad "a-robbin'along the King's highway" on the border to Northern Ireland. Perish the thought he could have been a Protestant Brit. Or how about a "wind amongst the barley" promoting Protestant and Catholic late 1700's collaboration in rebellion against England? The only thing Seamus Eagan can't play is all of his instruments ( flute, tenor banjo, octave mandolin) at the same time. He has been for decades and still is a major force within Celtic Music. If you are only playing guitar, hope that you play it like John Doyle. John is among the very best back up, lead and counterpoint guitar players in Traditional Irish Music. If you are only playing fiddle, hope you can play it like Winifred Horan, an all-Ireland Champion. Then you hear the joke about the Irishman who had a hip replacement and had the bone saved for his dog. Times have changed since the lovely Karen Casey has moved on with her own career. The remaining group has had to find itself again. The group has been the main support for Liz Carroll's acclaimed
album "Lost in the Loop" and award winning "Lake Effect." I sincerely hope this continues, as these are excellent albums. I especially like John Doyle and Liz Carroll's collaboration between guitar and fiddle. No matter what the future holds, there is no better tribute to an era of fine Celtic music that can be offered than this DVD of a live performance before long time New England fans. No gimmicks, special effects or lighting.
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