UMO to hold free concert

MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive is set to hold a free concert featuring Solas on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall, 207 Wooten St. The concert is a part of the recital series and gives students and local residents the opportunities to enjoy the finest performers of various musical genres at no cost.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band Solas. Formed in 1996, 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.

Solas proves that Celtic music today is a truly universal musical language. The band’s sound is explosive yet seductively personal; timelessly melodic yet rippling with modern muscle. It can bring edgy urban hipness to ancient reels, and make songs by Tom Waits and Bob Dylan feel like they’ve been aging for centuries in Celtic tradition. 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.

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Members of the Irish-American band Solas will perform Celtic music on Oct. 6. of the Irish-American band Solas will perform Celtic music on Oct. 6.