Celtic music at Drinkwater School

Jun 02, 2014
Hanz Araki

Northport — 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 performance Sunday, June 8, at 2:30 p.m. at the Edna Drinkwater School, 56 Bayside Road.

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. 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 United Kingdom to Japan.

Raney, from Portland, Ore., is a gifted traditional singer who recently released her fourth album, “Here This is Home,” produced and recorded in Dublin. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Raney grew up inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes in the rich Irish community in Seattle.

Bouzouki and guitar player Earnest’s sensitive yet eclectic musical stylings have taken him from his native central Pennsylvania to being among the most in-demand Celtic traditional music accompanists today. He can be heard on stages up and down both coasts of the United States and all points in between.

Tickets will be $10. This presentation of traditional Celtic music is sponsored by and will in part benefit the Maine Celtic Celebration, set for July 18 through 20 at the harborside Belfast Common, For more information, visit mainecelticcelebration.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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