Colleen Raney - Irish music
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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Colleen Raney - Irish music
Colleen Raney
August 9
7pm doors, 7:30p show

$10 adv / $13 door
$5 for kids 12 and under
all ages, mostly seated

Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Seattle's fortunate to have Colleen Raney frequently grace its stages, offering fresh readings of traditional Irish songs, sometimes alone, or with a friend or two. But on Thursday, August 9th, Raney brings her Portland band, Casey Neill (guitar, vocals), and Johnny Connolly (button accordion, melodeon), to Seattle for the first time in a year and a half.

Raney - who has toured extensively throughout both the U.S. and Ireland, under her own name, with Dublin guitar player Colm MacCárthaigh, and alongside world-renowned harp and dulcimer duo Magical Strings - bookended 2011 with a pair of fine albums, respectively her second and third: January's lushly-produced Lark and last October's stripped-down Cuan. Both garnered national and international airplay and acclaim.

Colleen's open-minded and -hearted approach to her time-tested repertoire was inherited from, and instilled by, her upbringing in Seattle's celebrated Raney Family, steeped in step-dancing and song. She breathes new life into the old tunes, finding facets in the music that haven't been heard before. It's earned her a following both among longtime adherents of Celtic music and younger fans who are new to the genre.
She shares the night with Irish music luminaries Tom Creegan (Uillean. pipes, whistles) and Dale Russ (fiddle).

Tom Creegan, first started playing pipes in his native Dublin, where he attended the Irish Piper's Club in Thomas Street. He played extensively in Europe and Canada before moving to Seattle. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost pipers in North America. Tom was proclaimed champion at the Irish Piper's Convention in Seattle in 1984. His concert appearances have included numerous dates with such luminaries as Kevin Burke, Gerry O'Beirne, Micheal O'Dhomnaill and Johnny Cunningham, among others.

Dale Russ began playing fiddle in 1973 and, although self-taught, had become included among the highest ranks of Irish fiddlers in the USA with his inclusion in the Smithsonian's 1990 award winning "Traditional Recording of the Year".  His playing is known for its balance of power and elegance.  In 1977, Dale was a founding member of the Seattle Irish band "No Comhaile."  In 1980 he met Kevin Burke, whose music had already had a huge influence on Irish music in the northwest.  Kevin invited Dale and Irish piper, Tom Creegan to join Gerry O'Beirne and himself to perform for a month at McGurk's, home of traditional Irish music in St Louis, Missouri.  A few years later, Dale joined the premiere Seattle Irish band "The Suffering Gaels", appearing at the Milwaukee Irish Festival in 1993 and '94.


Fremont Abbey Arts Center (View)
4272 Fremont Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!