Saturday, March 10, 2018
Join internationally acclaimed traditional singer Colleen Raney and her band for a very special evening of Irish music and dance at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine on March 10 at 7:30pm! A gifted singer, Colleen is known for her dedication to the craft of performing and preserving the vibrant song tradition of Ireland. Her ability to convey this love of Irish music makes every performance a captivating experience, no matter the setting. Raney sings with an enchanting yet unaffected style allowing the listener to enjoy her selection of songs whether they are familiar or more obscure. She is currently recording her 5th full length studio album and has spent time this year touring with Irish American supergroup Solas.
The Colleen Raney Band:
Award-winning singer and flute player, Portland, Maines Hanz Araki has been a prominent figure in the Irish music community in North America and beyond for nearly three decades. In that time he has released 10 albums, played countless festival stages, toured internationally, and collaborated with a number of well-respected musicians within and outside of the Celtic music genre.
Portland, Maine-based guitarist Bethany Waickman accompanies some of the countrys finest players, be it at dance halls, pub sessions, or on the concert stage. Bethany grew up in a musical family in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state. She started piano at an early age and played traditional and classical music along with her fiddle- and cello-playing brothers. She discovered DADGAD guitar tuning while attending Meadowlark, a folk music camp in Maine. There she studied with Keith Murphy, a well-known composer, musician, and influential practitioner of DADGAD. The modified tuning offers unique harmonies and rich drones well suited to supporting traditional music and to the driving, rhythmic playing for which Bethany is known.
"Singing with a deep love for the tradition, and for the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from the old ballads and renewing our love for Celtic music." Devon Leger, Hearth Music
"Raney brings a rich, hearty, and inviting voice unmistakably American and without affectation or pretense to her music." Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter, May 2012
"Raney has an incredibly expressive voice powerful, yet full of emotion." Jamie O'Brien, The Irish Edition