The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Solas on Sunday, July 27th at 7:00 PM for the fifth of six Sunday evening concerts held on the grounds of the Old Loudoun Courthouse, located at 18 East Market St. in historic, downtown Leesburg.
All are welcome at these family-oriented events and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. There is a requested donation of $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids twelve and under. Proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. All Leesburg concerts begin at 7:00 pm. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In bad weather, the concerts will be held indoors at the Leesburg United Methodist Church Asbury Hall, located at 107 West Market Street.
Solas is one of the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands to emerge from the United States. The band maintains its roots in Irish traditional music while incorporating new rhythms and syncopation, counterpoint melodies, and original arrangements. The band was founded by respected acoustic musicians Seamus Egan, who plays flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar and bodhran, and fiddler Winifred Horan. Mick McAuley from Kilkenny plays accordion and concertina; Eamon McElholm from Tyrone plays guitar and keyboards. Deirdre Scanlan is the band’s newest member, whose beautiful vocals round out the band’s sound. From ancient reels to innovative interpretations of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, Solas brings instrumental virtuosity and explosive energy to every performance.
Bluemont relies on more than 1,200 volunteers each summer to ensure that performances go smoothly. Additionally, the organization relies on the support of local businesses and community organizations. If you would like to volunteer this summer, are a local business owner who would like to donate a door prize, or are part of a civic group interested in getting involved please contact Virginia Winsatt at (540) 955-8186.
Bluemont Cultural Programs and Summer Concert Series have truly become a part of the fabric of the Loudoun community. Bluemont is currently seeking out local businesses, friends and neighbors to become Bluemont members help assure the organizations future in Loudoun County. Many friends and families have responded to our recent mailing asking for general support. This year, every contribution will help.
Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact Lily Dunning at
(540) 955-8186 or email email@example.com. Bluemont partners and major donors from the private sector include the Town of Leesburg, the County of Loudoun, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Wells Fargo Advisors, Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company, The Gerald and Paula McNichols Family Foundation, Middleburg Bank, Dominion Foundation, Target, Walmart, and more than 250 local businesses and 1,200 friends and families.
This summer, Bluemont will present more than 40 concerts in seven communities in northwest and central Virginia including: Ashland, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton and Winchester. For complete schedules, performer descriptions, directions and more information, please visit the Bluemont website at www.bluemont.org.