The Hanz Araki Band
After a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest, Hanz Araki packed up and moved across the country to the New England city of Portland, Maine. With a three-decade long career in music, countless tours domestically and abroad, and a well-established base on the west coast, the shift eastward was somewhat puzzling to the casual observer. However, as Araki heads into his next thirty years of music, accessibility to Ireland became of paramount importance.
A rich history of music has imbued Arakis career; one that began in Tokyo, Japan, where he first mastered the shakuhachi. He is the sixth in his family to inherit the name Kodo, conferred upon him after his fathers retirement from music.
Since that time, traditional Irish music became the driving force behind Arakis career. His maternal relations hail from the west of Ireland, a region renowned for its traditional music. His proficiency on the Irish flute and whistle and proficiency in traditional song belies his rather un-Irish sounding name. It is this expertise that has brought him to festivals, concerts, and music schools across the globe.
Vocalist Colleen Raneys delicate voice is perfectly juxtaposed with her driving command of the bodhrán. Born into a family where Irish music and dance were part of the fabric of everyday life, learning songs from her older siblings was very much a part of Raney's formative years. Colleen has toured extensively, both at home and abroad, and spent two months in 2017 as vocalist for Irish-American supergroup Solas on their farewell tour.
Liz Faiella's study of Irish fiddling, training in classical violin, and love of social dancing have shaped her musical approach. When shes not performing, Liz spends her days teaching fiddle and coaching folk ensembles at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH, where she is chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department. She is also the founder and organizer of the Music Schools annual Fall Fiddle Festival.
Lizs brother Dan Faiella has been building a reputation throughout New Englands traditional music communities for his sensitive and innovative interpretations of traditional tunes and songs from the Celtic traditions. His inspired approach to finger-style guitar playing brings grace and energy to the music, and his skill as an accompanist for traditional melody players has raised his profile tremendously. Most recently, Dan has been touring with Solas founding member Winifred Horan, among many others.
$16 in advance and $20 at the door (plus $2 venue fee)
The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St
Kittery, ME 03904
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