Award-winning traditional Irish flute player and singer Hanz Araki will be joined by singer and bodhrán player Colleen Raney, and guitarist Owen Marshall for an exclusive run of shows in North Carolina in May 2015. Recently called “An Irish Music phenomenon in West Coast America” by Irish Music Magazine, Araki is known for his uncluttered and honest approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music.
An accomplished singer and flute player, Portland, Oregon’s Hanz Araki has been prominent in the Irish music community of the Pacific Northwest for more than 2 decades. In that time he has released 10 award-winning albums; played countless festival stages including the Vancouver Folk Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Austin Celtic Music Festival, and Celtic Connections; toured internationally in Ireland, The United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Canada, and Mexico, and collaborated with a number of renowned musicians within and outside of the Celtic music genre.
His critically acclaimed new album Foreign Shore, his eleventh release, is a collection of songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, and America that illustrates the path of the music and the tradition as it traveled, as Araki’s forbearers did, from homeland to new home. Hanz Araki faithfully showcases the inherent beauty of traditional Irish music with performances that are inspired, detailed, and authentic. 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, which was produced by guitarist, singer, and producer Aidan Brennan and engineered by Trevor Hutchinson over the summer of 2013 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." www.colleenraney.com
OWEN MARSHALL – guitar
Owen Marshall has performed and recorded with many of traditional music’s top performers including Aoife Clancy, Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, John Doyle, Andrea Beaton, Jerry Holland, Ari & Mia Friedman, his own traditional Irish trio The Press Gang and the acoustic trio Haas, Walsh and Marshall. His music has appeared on NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock,” BBC television, and the back of his left elbow has appeared on MTV. In addition to being a respected performer, Owen is in demand at music camps throughout New England and the U.S., where he shares his approach to accompanying traditional music.
PRAISE FOR HANZ ARAKI
"Hanz Araki is definitely a master of his art…" Irish Music Magazine
“…splendid, absolutely fabulous” – BBC Wales, Celtic Heartbeat
“Araki’s distinctive voice, while definitely in the folk tradition, carries a lot of emotion; Throughout, the instrumental work is exceptional.” – The Irish Edition
“The musicianship is superb …achingly beautiful; a real delight.” – Fatea Magazine