The Colleen Raney Band
Award-winning singer and flute player, Portland, Maine’s Hanz Araki has been a prominent figure in the Irish music community in North America and beyond for nearly three decades. In that time he has released 10 albums, played countless festival stages, toured internationally, and collaborated with a number of well-respected musicians within and outside of the Celtic music genre.
Portland, Maine-based guitarist Bethany Waickman accompanies some of the country’s finest players, be it at dance halls, pub sessions, or on the concert stage. Bethany grew up in a musical family in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state. She started piano at an early age and played traditional and classical music along with her fiddle- and cello-playing brothers. She discovered DADGAD guitar tuning while attending Meadowlark, a folk music camp in Maine. There she studied with Keith Murphy, a well-known composer, musician, and influential practitioner of DADGAD. The modified tuning offers unique harmonies and rich drones well suited to supporting traditional music and to the driving, rhythmic playing for which Bethany is known.
Ryan Davidson is known for his powerful vocals and soulful style of folk storytelling. Raised in Northern California, Ryan began touring the US whilst still in high school. After a decade on the road playing rock-n-roll, he studied voice and jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach, California. Shortly after he was accepted into the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance in Limerick, Ireland where he studied the Irish Bouzouki and received an MA in Ethnomusicology. Since returning home after two years of living and playing traditional music in the West of Ireland, Ryan has been utilizing his extensive background to tirelessly write, play, tour and collaborate with numerous songwriters and traditional artists.