We are delighted to be able to continue our run of presenting outstanding members of Irish-American supergroup Solas! A long-time member of that esteemed group, Mick McAuley recorded and toured nine albums with them and received widespread international acclaim. The Boston Herald hailed Solas as “the best Irish traditional band in the world.” Be sure to join us for this special November house concert – an evening for which to be truly thankful!
Mick McAuley is a musician, composer, and songwriter who has recorded and toured internationally for many years. While his music is rooted firmly in the tradition of his homeland of County Kilkenny, Ireland, he has been part of a movement which continues to push the musical boundaries of that tradition to bring Irish music to a wider and more diverse audience around the world.
A fine singer and multi-instrumentalist known for his brilliance on the button accordion, Mick is equally at home on guitar, melodeon, concertina, and whistles. His concerts are a perfect blending of songs that engage the mind and heart, and tunes that evoke the enchantment that is Ireland.
As is wonderfully common in Ireland, Mick McAuley grew up in the embrace of a musical family supported and nurtured by a community of older musicians who gave freely of their time, talent, and music to ensure the passing of that centuries-old cultural tradition. By his teens, he was also seeking out more contemporary singers and musicians. He played with Ron Kavana (Alias Band), Terry Woods (Sweeneys Men, The Pogues) while in London in the early ’90’s and began to tour with the acclaimed Irish singer Niamh Parsons. Mick found the ideal balance of traditional and contemporary in the instrumentals and songs of the newly-formed Solas in the bustling Irish music scene of New York in the mid-nineties. Having guested on Karan Casey’s debut album Songlines in 1997, he soon found himself in the famous SIGMA studios in Philadelphia recording Solas‘ third album The Words That Remain with Bela Fleck and Iris Dement as guests. Mick has been a guest on numerous recordings and has performed with Patti Larkin, Paul Brennan (Clannad), Susan McKeown and Mick Hanly among many others. More recently, he played melodeon for STING in his Broadway Production “The Last Ship.”
From his stellar role as a member of Solas, Mick McAuley has truly emerged as a solo artist
Brian O’ Donovan WGBH
Irish Music Magazine
Highs and Bellows is a brilliant and tightly packed album…which captures McAuley’s outstanding musicianship and well-heeled artistic vision.
Daniel Neely- The Irish Echo
House Concert Details
SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please click here to request an invitation and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other helpful information.
7:00pm show: Doors open at 6:30pm. Concert starts at 7:00pm.
Suggested donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performer.
Additional Sights and Sounds
www.youtube.com/watch?v=54F2THULiBo (with Patrick Doocey)