THE HANZ ARAKI BAND
ON TOUR OCT 12 - 22
Hanz Araki: flutes, whistles, vocals • Colleen Raney: bodhrán, vocals, guitar
Genta Fukue: guitar • Elly Marshall: fiddle
Vocalist Colleen Raney has been referred to as “among the best in her genre,” (Irish Music Magazine) and “one of America’s best traditional singers” (Tradconnect). This comes as little surprise given her dedication to the craft of performing and preserving the vibrant song tradition of Ireland. Raney is compelled by the beauty of traditional Irish songs and has committed herself to honoring the music not just with her voice, but in her tireless research of the origins, history, and story behind each piece before singing a single note. Recently on tour with Irish-American supergroup Solas, Colleen has delighted audiences from Ireland to the United States to Japan. Raney sings with an enchanting yet unaffected style allowing the listener to enjoy her selection of songs whether they are familiar or more obscure.
Guitarist and composer Genta Fukue has spent the vast majority of his career as an Irish accompanist as well as a solo performer. While largely self-taught, he studied guitar abroad in the UK and in Ireland before returning to his native Okayama, Japan where he has built a reputation as of the nation’s premiere guitarists. Between a busy touring schedule all across Japan with groups Tabula Rasa, The Hanz Araki Trio and others, Fukue finds time to contribute to film and television scores, while maintaining an active solo career.
Fiddler Elly Marshall will also appear at all October dates.