MIRAGE

"It's a collection that's confident and mature enough to show off flashes of humour alongside the dazzling musicianship"
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Mare Tempesta

'Mare Tempesta' (the storm mother, in Valencian) is an exploration of joy, rage, catharsis and wild, stormy feminine energy! This video features our dear friend and incredible dancer Drolma in the mountains of the Valencian region of Spain, the spiritual home of the band and the literal home of our drummer/vocalist Elio Arauz de Marcos.

16th July

Pigs Ear Folk Festival - Kent

17th July

The Lighthouse - Kent

24th July

Hyde Park Book Club - Leeds

3rd August

As You Like It Festival

Warwickshire

4th August

Fanny's Meadow - Somerset

5th August

Peggy's Skylight - Nottingham

6th August

Harlequin Fayre - Norfolk

7th August

Wilderness Festival - Oxfordshire

12th August

The Lost Ark - Rhayader

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13th August

Star of the Sea - Borth

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14th August

Farmer Phil's Festival - Shropshire

19th August

Purbeck Folk Festival - Dorset

20th August

Folk East - Suffolk

28th August

Maui Waui - Suffolk

17th September

Priston Festival - Somerset

TBC - Manchester Folk Festival

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Solana are a five-piece band performing original compositions encompassing folk idioms, modal jazz and experimental grooves. Their rich and inventive sonic tapestry is anchored by a deep respect for traditions rooted in all corners of Europe and beyond.

"They make my spice shelf look boring" - Folk Radio UK


Formed in 2012 in Valencia, Spain, they have since found a niche in Bristol's contemporary folk scene. They are renowned for a soaring originality that transcends the boundaries of any one style, taking their music towards something new and bold beyond classic folk conventions. With almost nine years of extensive touring behind them, they have established their reputation as formidable live performers and have become firm favourites across a range of arts centres and festival programmes.

Solana’s much awaited upcoming album ‘MIRAGE’ is due to be released May 13th. The 14 track album, written over the past 4 years, travels to new places and is a more mature sound for the group. Including a cover of Tunisian oud legend, Dhafer Youssef, the album explores ideas of Arabic music, flamenco and Ethio-jazz showing off the bands diverse influences and abilities. Engineered and mixed by Tom Excell (ONIPA, Nubiyan Twist), the attention to detail across the album is striking. Every instrument on the album (and there are many) finds its own niche, both in arrangement and recording. Violinist Rowan Elliott says, “as a band, we are influenced by - but don’t try to replicate - traditional music. It’s as if we are looking at folk music through a mirage: things get distorted, and come out looking different to their original shapes.”

“multi-textured cornucopia of sound… an intoxicating cocktail of rhythm, an infusion of dance and melody that is impossible to resist” - Outline Magazine


Dexterous melodies are executed on flute, harp, accordion and whistles by Tamsin Elliott, whose compositions are inspired by her background in English, Irish and Eastern European traditions as well as collaborations with Egyptian musicians. Her brother Rowan Elliott shares her immersion in European folk music, augmented by modal jazz and contemporary classical influences that inform whole compositions as well his intricate violin and viola melodies. Drums and percussion are delivered by Elio Arauz de Marcos, a multi-instrumentalist and native Valencian who is deeply embedded in the musical traditions of Spain and Latin America. Guitarist JP Wolfgang, who studied flamenco under maestro El Entri in Madrid, brings a percussive flair to the arrangements and reinforces a recognisably Spanish influence that underpins their sound and history. Beneath all of these interweaving layers, Henry Edmonds cuts jazz-edged basslines with an effortless groove that testifies to many years’ experience gigging with a diverse range of artists around the world.

This vast array of shared knowledge is offered up with impressive instrumental proficiency, resulting in an assured vitality both on stage and in the studio that places them among the top acts of the UK’s folk and world music scene.