American born Irish singer Colleen Raney is gathering up her band and heading out on tour in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
They are appearing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
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.
Her three solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Celtic music today and provoked Hearth Music to enthuse, “Singing with a deep love for the tradition and the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads and renewing our love for Celtic music.”
In concert, Raney’s gorgeous voice and vivacious personality have made her an audience favorite wherever she performs.
In the company of band mates Casey Neill and Johnny B. Connolly, Raney will be playing a number of shows featuring music from her three celebrated albums and introducing new material slated for recording in the summer of 2013.
Connolly was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He began playing when he was 8 and by age 15 he was a regular feature around his hometown, performing with musicians sometimes twice his age.
His dexterity on the accordion earned him a place with the established Celtic ensemble, Anam, at 17.
In 1996 Connolly 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, Ore., Connolly tours internationally, performing at festivals, concerts and schools.
Neill is a singer/songwriter and guitar player out of Portland, Ore. In addition to an active career performing with his rock band (Casey Neill and The Norway Rats), he has been working as a sideman with many of the top names in Celtic music.
Neill has backed up and recorded with master traditional fiddlers such as Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes and Johnny Cunningham. He also produced two of Neill’s CDs and played in his band for many years.
Irish super group Solas recorded Neill’s original song “Lowground” on its CDs “Waiting for an Echo” and “Reunion.”
Look for the Colleen Raney Band at the 17th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace in September.
For information about the Sutter Creek performance go to suttercreektheatre.com or call 916-425-0077.