Soulsha is a Boston-based band combining Scottish and West-African traditional music with funk, highlife, and afrobeat.
Our name is a reference to the Scots-Gaelic word soillse, meaning a ray of light, elucidation, or “the light that happens.”
This 8-piece collective brings together some of the Boston area’s top musicians in (at least) three genres:
Scottish, West African, and Funk music. Hip-shatteringly tight grooves laid down by funk-bass master Aaron Bellamy and
veteran drummer Pete MacLean provide an irresistibly danceable pedestal for the explosive joyfulness of Scottish dance tunes on
Galen Fraser’s fiddle and Elias Alexander’s bagpipes. Add to that Elias’s soulful vocals,
percussionist/dancer Nani Agbeli’s virtuosity in traditional Ghanian rhythms, and the giddy pyrotechnics of
Neil Pearlman’s improvisation on keys and mandolin, and you have a force of nature on your hands.
This is a sound you have never heard before. We bring you blood-pumping arrangements of funky original songs,
covers from some of our favourite Scottish and West African musicians, and even traditional Gaelic songs, all riding a maelstrom of
high energy rhythms and New Orleans-inspired horn lines (played by Alex Lee-Clark on trumpet, and Dylan Sherry on tenor sax).
This band has a mission to reveal the rhythmic, melodic, and spiritual connections between traditional Scottish and
traditional West African music, in an idiom updated through the evolutions of Funk, Afro-Beat, Highlife, and New Orleans music.
No one will be left unmoved, or seated, as the celebratory exuberance of these diverse cultures unites on stage, reminding us never to forget that we’re all in this together. Get ready for Afro-Celtic Funk Nation!
To find out more, visit their web site at: www.soulshamusic.com
Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime and Early American music
events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as "coming along once in a generation,"
Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of
Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing
to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings.
Since he's been old enough to sing, Charlie has been entertaining audiences with the beautiful Celtic songs and melodies he first
heard in the largely Scottish province of his mother's birth, Ontario, Canada. Keenly aware of his own heritage, which includes
healthy doses of Scottish and Irish blood on both sides of his family, Charlie has collected several hundred popular (as well as
beautiful and obscure) selections and performs them for thousands of fans up and down the Eastern Seaboard and across America.
Today, as one of the most sought-after Celtic singers on the East Coast (he is one of the few singers in the world to be invited
to sing live with Scotland's “Black Watch”), Charlie performs regularly everywhere from concerts and festivals to television shows
and Celtic-themed Caribbean cruises, where his 6'4" frame and powerful baritone make him one of the most memorable performers around.
Charlie has released two DVD projects: “Out of the Mist,” was released in 2002 and was entirely filmed in Scotland;
“Charlie Zahm – An Evening of Classic Melodies” is a live concert DVD with Charlie and his band that was produced in 2007 in cooperation with Franklin Springs Family Media of Nashville. These projects, in addition to his many CDs, again demonstrate that Charlie’s vocal ability is rarely matched inside or outside Celtic music, and his mastery of the guitar is the perfect complement to his vocal performance.
To learn more about him visit the
Charlie Zahm web page.