Seamus Egan READ BIO
Seamus Egan has played for years with top groups and solo artists: Solas, virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers, and in a trio with Mick Moloney and Eugene O'Donnell. Most recently, he has emerged as a top solo performer and multi-instrumentalist in his own right.
Traditional Music of Ireland Review
Traditional Music of Ireland
The thing about these Celtic musical geniuses is that most of them play awfully good at an awfully young age. Such is demonstrated on this album, released when Egan was the new kid on the block and still a green 16-year-old. On Traditional Music of Ireland, youth is no barrier to Egan’s mastery of many instruments, including flute, tres, Uillean pipes, mandolin, banjo, and whistle. By the time this album was released, Seamus Egan had already earned All-Ireland titles on four separate instruments. The repertoire is a bit scattered and not all Irish; it includes a couple of renegade tracks, such as a Swedish waltz and a set of gavottes by Johann Sebastian Bach that are enhanced with a touch of synthesizer.
The Words That Remain by Solas Review
The Words That Remain, by Solas
Solas is an all-star Irish-American band, with Seamus Egan on Irish flute (and banjo, mandolin and percussion), Winifred Horan on fiddle, Mick McAuley on accordion, and John Doyle on guitar, plus the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Karan Casey. The band’s third album, The Words That Remain, is contemporary Celtic folk at its finest, weaving together Irish folk tunes with American folk songs (written by Guthrie and Seeger) that have been reinvigorated with Solas’ less-than-traditional arrangements. Look for stellar guest performances from banjoist Bela Fleck and singer Iris de Ment.
When Juniper Sleeps Review
A solo effort that embraces many styles, from traditional folk and Irish to jazz; Egan stars not only on flute, but also on whistle, bodhran, pipes, guitar, and banjo. Though best-known for his flute and banjo work, Egan has also emerged as a top-flight guitarist, playing acoustic guitar with the same technique he developed on the banjo; for good measure, he adds some licks on electric guitar as well. Overall, this is a slow-paced album whose meditative mood is only broken by the occasional uptempo set of reels.