Colleen Raney Band: Live Concert Recording
- Events begin promptly at the posted time - doors open half an hour beforehand, so come early to have your choice of seats.
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door
Seattle’s own Colleen Raney brings her band home with her for a very special concert at Empty Sea Studios. Hailed as an “undiscovered gem” (TradConnect, 2012) Colleen’s distinct style of contemporary Celtic music has been gaining recognition and popularity after the successful releases of 2011′s Cuan and Lark and 2008′s Linnet. Featuring music in development for a new studio album, the entire concert will be recorded and each audience member will receive a copy as a memento of the evening as well as a sneak peek into the next full Colleen Raney album. Join Colleen, acclaimed box player Johnny B. Connolly, and Seattle favorite Casey Neill for an exclusive concert and experience.
ABOUT THE COLLEEN RANEY BAND:
Musicians don’t come with much more history in the craft than Irish singer Colleen Raney. She’s been singing for more than two decades, and has been immersed in America’s Celtic music and dance scene for three. Raised in Seattle, previously based in New York, she now calls Portland, Oregon home.
Only in the last several years has Colleen translated the tapestry of her upbringing in the multi-talented Raney family into recordings. Her first album, 2008’s Linnet, showcases her aptitude for re-imagining classic Irish songs, as well as her own songwriting, which she manages to present as well-loved and firmly rooted in tradition. 2011’s Lark saw Colleen take on co-producing duties, and drew on contributions by Northwest music scene staples Casey Neill, Hanz Araki, Zak Borden, Ezra Holbrook, Colm MacCárthaigh, and Matt Jerrell, all of whom play live with Colleen in various combinations. The end of 2011 saw the release of Cuan, a duo album with master guitarist Colm MacCárthaigh, and extensive touring in the U.S. and Ireland. Today Colleen can be heard on the radio from Dublin to New York to Maui, Hawai’i.
Rarely is an artist as deeply entrenched in a musical niche as Colleen Raney has been able to present centuries-old music with an eye toward current and future listeners outside of the genre. By adapting and developing her voice, at turns lullaby-soft and intensely powerful, and by surrounding herself with a constantly-evolving ensemble of the best musicians the Northwest has to offer, Colleen manages to credit her background and stake claim as a serious presence in contemporary Celtic music.
JOHNNY B. CONNOLLY – button accordion
Johnny B. Connolly was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He began playing when he was eight and by age 15 he was a regular feature around his hometown, performing with musicians sometimes twice his age. Johnny’s dexterity on the accordion earned him a place with the established Celtic ensemble, Anam, at the age of seventeen. In 1996 Johnny seized an opportunity to bring his skills to America. In 2001 he signed with Green Linnet records and released his first album entitled Bridgetown named after his adopted hometown, Portland. While based in Portland, Johnny tours internationally, performing at festivals, and concerts.
CASEY NEILL – guitar
Casey Neill is a singer/songwriter and guitar player out of Portland, Oregon. In addition to an active career performing with his rock band (Casey Neill & The Norway Rats), he has been working as a sideman with many of the top names in Celtic music. Casey has backed up and recorded with master traditional fiddlers such as Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, and Johnny Cunningham. Johnny also produced 2 of Casey’s CDs and played in his band for many years. Irish supergroup Solas recorded Casey’s original song “Lowground” on their CD’s Waiting for an Echo and Reunion.
“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
“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