Saturday 26 March 2022
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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“With years of adventurous touring already behind them and a constant appetite for developing their compositions, Solana’s rich sonic tapestry is anchored by a deep respect for traditions rooted in all the corners of Europe. Formed in Valencia in 2012, they have since found a niche in Bristol’s contemporary folk scene and are far from settling down into complacency.
Siblings Tamsin and Rowan Elliott bring dexterous melodies on flutes, whistles, accordion and violin to meet JP Wolfgang’s Spanish guitar, Henry Edmonds’ bass, and inventive percussion and vocals from Elio Arauz de Marcos. The result is an intoxicating cocktail of rhythm, an infusion of dance and melody that is impossible to resist. Channelling each musician’s exuberance and agility, they fuse the best sounds they’ve found into a soaring originality that transcends the boundaries of any one style.
Five distinct rivers merge into one irrepressible tide, holding tight to traces of flamenco, Arabic rhythms, jazz blueprints, and fragments of folk and klezmer melodies. Complex rhythms pulse and swell beneath unpredictable harmonies, taking their music towards something new and bold beyond classic folk conventions.
Sometimes playful and often poignant, audiences in concert halls and festival stages alike are invited to dive in with engaged ears and listening limbs, to enjoy this feast for the senses, this folkloric fusion from all four corners of the continent and beyond.
Their gig history includes – Glastonbury Festival; Folk in the Field Festival; Wilderness Festival; Landed Festival; Fire in the Mountain Festival; Norwich Arts Centre; St Peter at the Waterfront, Ipswich; Balabam, London; World Unlimited, Kingsteignton.
“A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” – Shire Folk
“They make my spice shelf look boring… an accomplished and colourful album” – FolkRadio UK
“Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly invigorating” – Songlines