Thu 24th September, 20208:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Solana was born in Valencia, Spain, in 2012, and although it has since found a niche in Bristol’s contemporary folk scene, the band are far from settling down into complacency. 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. Channelled through 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, fragments of folk and klezmer melodies, jazz blueprints and Arabic rhythms. Complex rhythms pulse and swell beneath unpredictable harmonies, taking their music towards something new and bold beyond classic folk conventions. Yet with Tamsin Elliott’s deft accordion, flute and whistles meeting her brother Rowan’s dexterous violin, each tune is shaped around recognisable styles and dialects, reverent to the traditions that inspired them. Sometimes playful and often poignant, it’s hard not to get swept away by their persuasive playing, and audiences in concert halls and festival stages alike are invited to dive in with engaged ears and listening limbs.
“Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly invigorating” — Songlines
“A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” — Shire Folk
“They make my spice shelf look boring… an accomplished and colourful album” — Folk Radio UK