The Sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland's epic coast is home to the world's longest defined touring route: the Wild Atlantic Way. Tourism Ireland sent musicians Solomon Grey to capture the sounds of this journey, and the results are simply ... stunning
Solomon Grey is Joseph Wilson and Tom Kingston. The two met while studying in Oxford University, but it was during a period of work and recording in Co Cork when the duo’s sound really emerged. Surrounded by West Cork's gorgeous scenery, the two musicians soon found the landscape shaping and inspiring their music.
Who better then to be sent out into the countryside to distil the sound of the raw, the rugged and the regal Wild Atlantic Way?
A feast for the senses
And so, in their mobile recording studio, Solomon Grey set off on a musical journey through Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. With audio equipment galore, their mission, if they chose to accept it, was to go on a journey of inspiration, to capture the sounds of not just the land, but of the locals, too.
Now, considering that the Wild Atlantic Way is 2500km of rugged coastline, ancient castles, dazzling sunsets and colourful local characters, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a treat for the eyes only. In fact, it’s more.
As Solomon Grey found out, a journey along the way is akin to diving headfirst into a thundering sea of creativity. It is a coastline where the places and the people add up to a unique experience, that insist on inspiring you.
The sounds of the west
Luckily for Solomon Grey, the west of Ireland is a wild landscape that produces a cacophony of sounds. Think a morning chorus of birdsong, fizzing surf on Barley Cove and the thunderous stampede of hooves from galloping horses on Omey Beach.
Watch the video and you’ll even see Solomon Grey treated to a rendition of an ancient Irish love song courtesy of a local songstress on a Galway strand.
As a result of their west coast odyssey Solomon Grey have fused the land, sea, wind, history and people together in their unique production style. The result?
A stunning piece of original music that you can listen to on ireland.com and enjoy again and again and again. But enough reading. Feast your eyes and ears on the video of Solomon Grey’s journey for a mind-blowingly inspirational insight into the Wild Atlantic Way.
Don’t forget that you can begin your own Wild Atlantic Way adventure right here.