Video Premiere: Seamus Egan, “Everything Always Was”

Artist: Seamus Egan

Song: “Everything Always Was”

For over 20 years Seamus Egan has been widely known and revered in the Irish music world through his work with the boundary-pushing supergroup, Solas, but what happens when a trailblazer needs to take a step back? Egan found himself asking that question when confronted with two major life changes: Solas went on hiatus, opening up more time for his own music making, and he moved from his long-time home in Philadelphia to rural Vermont. “Both things coalesced not by design,” Egan says, “but they came together at the same time. I liked the symmetry of it.” Holed up in his Vermont cabin, Egan finally had time to go through tunes and melodies he’d composed over the years. Inspired by this time alone with his music, he enlisted close friends and collaborators to make a new album of entirely instrumental music, ‘Early Bright,’ to be released January 17, 2020. Throughout, the goal of Egan’s new work was to reweave the threads of the Irish roots music he knows so well with a more compositional perspective, drawing from classical influences like Bach, Segovia, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, and modern composers like Meredith Monk and Philip Glass. ‘Early Bright’ marks Seamus Egan’s first solo album in twenty-three years, following on the heels of his groundbreaking 1996 instrumental album ‘When Juniper Sleeps.’

Quote: “Tunes come to you in all sorts of ways. Sometimes it’s a phrase, a fragment of an idea that comes to you and you file it away to hopefully finish someday. Other times, it arrives all at once, fully formed, as if it has always existed. It was in this way the this waltz arrived to me. I sat down one afternoon and it came out of my guitar all at once. This doesn’t happen very often and certainly not nearly as often as I would like but when it does it feels like magic. I’m joined here by Kyle Sanna on guitar, David Surette on bouzouki, and Corey DiMario on double bass.”Seamus Egan


“Everything Always Was” is on Seamus Egan’s new album ‘Early Bright’ available at iTunes and Amazon.

Upcoming shows

1/17 Glasgow, UK Celtic Connections Festival 2020
1/18 Strathdon, UK Glenbuchat Hall,
1/24 Richmond (North Yorkshire), UK Reeth Memorial Hall
1/25 Barton-upon-humber, UK The Ropewalk,
2/8 Beacon, NY Towne Crier
2/9 Saratoga, NY Cafe Lena
2/14 Chicago, IL Old Town School
2/15 Woodstock, IL Woodstock Opera House
2/16 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
2/27 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
2/28 Plymouth, MA Spire Center
2/29 Portland, ME One Longfellow
3/1 Exeter, NH The Word Barn
3/13 Portland, OR House Concert
3/14 Monmouth, OR Rice Auditorium – Western Oregon University
3/17 Folsom, CA Harris Center for the Arts
3/21 Hackettstown, NJ Centenary Stage Company
3/22 Philadelphia, PA The Locks at Sona

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