After a few years away it’s a great pleasure to welcome Solana back to The Lost ARC on 14th June. They always put a smile on the faces and a dance in the step of our audience!

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.

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.

“An album of inventive and immaculate musicianship”

—  RnR Magazine

“They make my spice shelf look boring… accomplished and colourful” 

— Folk Radio UK

Outline Magazine described Solana’s live show as a “multi-textured cornucopia of sound… With their signature profusion of influences and impeccable attention to detail, it is perhaps unsurprising to find distinct musical threads brought by each member of the quintet.

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.

£8 Advance. £12 On the door. Doors 7.30pm.

*Supporter price tickets include a discretionary £2, which supports the work of The Lost ARC and the headline performer.

This gig will be mixed seating and standing with room to dance.

** As the event falls on a Friday, wood-fired pizza will be available before the gig and up to around 9pm. To book food please call 01597811226.

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