The Colleen Raney Band

Thursday, July 21, 5:30 pm

Internationally-acclaimed traditional Irish singer Colleen Raney will be joined by flute player and singer Hanz Araki and California-based bouzouki virtuoso Ryan Davidson for an exclusive run of shows in the Northeast in mid July, including a performance at the Library. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Colleen Raney has delved deep into the songs and stories of Ireland, both ancient and contemporary. Her four solo CDs, including 2013’s Here This is Home, recorded in Dublin, Ireland, have staked her claim as a serious presence in Celtic 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 Celtic music.” Irish Music Magazine recently called Raney “among the best in her genre.”

Hanz Araki is known for his fresh and innovative approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music.  The son of a Japanese shakuhachi Grand Master and a Scots-Irish mother, Araki has earned the praise of the international music community including Fatea Magazine, who raves “(His) musicianship is superb …achingly beautiful; a real delight.” Ryan Davidson is known for his powerful vocals and soulful style of folk storytelling.  Raised in Northern California, Ryan began touring the US whilst still in high school.  After a decade on the road playing rock-n-roll, he studied voice and jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach, California. Shortly after he was accepted into the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance in Limerick, Ireland where he studied the Irish Bouzouki and received an MA in Ethnomusicology.  Since returning home after two years of living and playing traditional music in the West of Ireland, Ryan has been utilizing his extensive background to tirelessly write, play, tour and collaborate with numerous songwriters and traditional artists.

Credit photo: Della Chen