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.