The Hour Before Dawn

The Hour Before Dawn

by Solas
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Overview

The Hour Before Dawn

A trans-Atlantic Celtic band of the highest caliber, Solas triumph once again with their verve, clarity, and sheer cool on The Hour Before the Dawn. For this fourth album, they acquire the formidable talents of Deirdre Scanlan, the All-Ireland Champion Vocalist of 1999. She makes a thoroughly graceful entry into the band's exuberant Gaelic dance songs and conscience-stirring ballads. Scanlan even takes a crack at founder Seamus Egan's "I Will Remember You," which landed a Grammy for Sarah McLachlan on The Brothers McMullen soundtrack. Is there a Gaelic word for chutzpah? The girl's definitely got it. The most exciting music here is instrumental, however. John Doyle's irresistible rhythm guitar drives their jigs and reels, while Winifred Horan's heart-string violin on the haunting "A Little Child" is matched only by the simple plaint of Mick McAuley on piano accordion. Egan's "Homeless" is an audio short subject -- restless, graceful, and oddly hopeful. And when the crew gets down to playing as a full ensemble, it's an inspiring affair -- precise, joyous, and always light of touch.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351784124
catalogNumber: 78041
Rank: 76502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Solas   Primary Artist
Seamus Egan   Banjo,Flute,Mandolin,Percussion,Whistle (Instrument),Bodhran,Guitar (Nylon String)
Michael Aharon   Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
John Anthony   Percussion,Drums
Karan Casey   Vocals
John Doyle   Guitar
Ben Wittman   Percussion
Winifred Horan   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Chico Huff   Electric Bass
Mick McAuley   Piano,Accordion,Concertina,Vocals,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Button Accordion

Technical Credits

Seamus Egan   Composer,Producer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer
Michael Aharon   Programming
John Anthony   Arranger,Engineer
Winifred Horan   Arranger
Solas   Arranger
Dave Merenda   Composer

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The Hour Before Dawn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastically Celtic, a real joy to listen. Even if you don't understand the lyrics to the Gaelic song ''Bheadh Buachallin Deas Ag Sile'' (though there is a translation in the lyrics booklet), you'll still find yourself signing and tapping to the tune. ''The Last Of The Great Whales'' brought tears to my eye, and filled my soul listening to it. Reeling jigs such as ''Granny Quinn's/The Lilac Reel/Sporting Pat'' gets your toes a tapping, and can't resist the urge to break out in dance. The lighthearted ''Bonnie Mae'', originally written back in the days of Mary, Queen of Scots, shows that Solas can do a wide range of songs, including a wonderful re-mix of Sarah McLachlan's ''I Will Remember You''. The vocals and insrtuments all come together to make one fantastic album, in which words cannot begin to describe it.