Northport, ME – Award-winning traditional Irish flute player and vocalist Hanz Araki will be joined by vocalist and bodhrán player Colleen Raney and multi-instrumentalist Sean Earnest for an exclusive live performance at Drinkwater School on Sunday, June 8th at 2:30pm. Araki was recently named “an Irish music phenomenon in west coast America,” while Raney was deemed “among the best in her genre,” both by Irish Music Magazine.
Hanz Araki is known for his fresh an innovative approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music. The son of a Japanese shakuhachi Grand Master, Araki Kodo V, and a Scots-Irish mother, his musical sensibility is both inspired and disciplined and has made him a household name from the UK to Japan. In his 25 year career, Araki has earned the praise of the international music community including Fatea Magazine, who raves “(His) musicianship is superb …achingly beautiful; a real delight.” www.hanzaraki.com
COLLEEN RANEY – bodhrán, vocals
Portland, Oregon’s Colleen Raney is a gifted traditional singer who recently released her fourth
album, titled Here This is Home, produced and recorded in Dublin, Ireland. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Colleen Raney grew up inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes in the rich Irish community in Seattle. Her four solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Irish music today and provoked Hearth Music to enthuse, “Singing with a deep love for the tradition and the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads and renewing our love for Irish music.”
SEAN EARNEST – guitar
Bouzouki and guitar player Sean Earnest’s sensitive yet eclectic musical stylings have taken him far from his native central Pennsylvania. He is among the most in-demand Celtic traditional music accompanists today and can be heard on stages up and down both coasts of the United States and all points in between. Sean spends most of his time in New York and the greater Northeast, where he can be heard playing and recording with some of the top talents of the genre including Téada, The Paul McKenna Band, Cathie Ryan, and Colleen Raney.
This unique presentation of traditional Celtic music is sponsored by and will in part benefit the Maine Celtic Celebration. Mark your calendars now for the Maine Celtic Celebration, the weekend of July 18 – 20, 2014 at the Belfast Common on the shores of Penobscot Bay. www.mainecelticcelebration.com.
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