hello, wonderful friends.

I’m writing to you from Tokyo on the last day of our travels here in Japan and I hope you all are enjoying the beginnings of the winter season and all of the special days therein.

Winter is a time of planning for me. It is for cups of tea and calendars and timelines and turning the ground before the seeds can be sown. I’m going to commit myself to writing more personally.  No one needs another marketing email in their inbox and as we’re well in to my 10th year of traveling the world and sharing music with you, we’re at least friends by now I’d hope. I’d love to hear how you are doing too. There are a handful of people who write back when I send these emails and if you’re so compelled, please do. I love to read them. It makes this all feel a little less like shouting into the void.

My mind wants everything to line up and take its turn, but that’s never the way, is it?  It all comes tumbling down one thing after another until you’re gasping for breath and looking back at the last few months in wonder and a bit of confusion.  If only the rules of the water fountain followed us from elementary school to adulthood.  We leave here tomorrow and head home to wintry Maine to celebrate the launch of a very exciting album East to the West, from Josephine County.  Some of you may know that music and performing has been a challenge for me over the last little while and I can honestly say that my time with these friends and playing this music is slowly repairing what had been tearing and breaking the last few years.  I am so proud of the album that we made and if you’d like to order it, we’re selling it until Nov 30 with free shipping worldwide.  Then it goes away until the release concert on Dec 7 in Portland, Maine.  You’re all invited to that as well.  We’ll make room.

One more quick thing to include and then I’ll go find some dinner and start repacking my suitcase.  As many of you know, I’ve been traveling to Japan with The Hanz Araki Band for 5 years now and we recorded an album for specific release in Japan while we are touring.  We sold a limited number of copies of this album while we were in the Pacific Northwest (which we’ll be shipping out on Friday) but we have managed to fit 44 additional copies into our bag to bring home.  This album is not available for download (and won’t be), but if you’d like a copy for your collection, we’ll send it to you with free shipping until they are all gone.

There’s more to tell you, but I’ll write again later in the month with what’s in store for 2019. Hint: it includes flowers, cats, and traveling the world to sing songs.

with love,

Can you believe it’s October already? We lit the fire this morning for the first time this season, and while we know there are still a few warm days left in our autumn, it’s time to turn our minds to preparing the house for winter and putting the gardens to bed for a few months.

It’s also time to turn our minds toward the very full autumn of touring that has us in some of our favorite places. A jaunt out with Josephine County has us in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and right here in Maine. The Colleen Raney Band heads south to Virginia, Maryland, and my beloved New York City. Austin Celtic Festival is calling again so we’ll see you in Texas just before we head off to Japan for the month of November. If you’re in any of those places, you can click here for the full schedule.

Standing in Doorways is shipping worldwide these days and is receiving radio airplay all over the United States and further afield. Look for an article about it in Irish Music Magazine’s December issue, which publishes Nov 1.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be putting in about 800 bulbs and 300 corms for early spring flowers at our little flower farm. If you find yourself in Portland, let us know. We’ll put the kettle on.

with love,

Josephine County Tour

Oct 13 • Asheville, NC
Oct 14 • Stokesdale, NC
Oct 16 • Blacksburg, VA
Oct 17 • Frostburg, MD
Oct 18 • Ft. Ashby, WV
Oct 20 • Kittery, ME
tickets here

Austin Celtic Festival

Delighted to be returning to Austin with Josephine County this year to play music, see good friends, and eat queso!

Colleen Raney Trio

Oct 26 • Baltimore, MD
Oct 27 • Bedford, VA
Oct 28 • New York, NY
These are the last Colleen Raney shows on the books for a bit so I hope to see you there!
tickets here

Japan Tour 2018
I’ll join Hanz Araki and Genta Fukue again this year for travel and music in one of my favorite places in the world. Full schedule can be found here.

Hello again!
Now that the album is released and things are starting to return to normal around the little sea records headquarters, I thought I’d send out a more comprehensive email with September news and touring.  I am heading out this autumn on tour with Hanz Araki and a host of friends from west to east.  First up will be here in New England, then off to the Pacific Northwest. Dates and ticket information included below!

The garden is growing, the cats are healthy and hilarious, and we’re pretty lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world.  We miss you all though, and are excited to travel out a bit and see our musical friends and family these next few months.


“The Board”
Sept 5 • Irish Night at Blue, Portland
Sept 7 • Music on Main, Yarmouth
click through for information!
Pacific Northwest Tour
Sept 12 – 17
Hanz, Elly, Genta, and I will be in all of our old haunts for a week! Tickets available now – secret added show to announce shortly!
The West East Road
We’re bringing a limited number of copies of a new album made specifically for November’s Japan tour with us to the Northwest. This one won’t be available online so make your plans to join us for a show!
Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island
Sept 8 • 7:30pm
We’ll be joined by guitarist Dan Faiella for this special concert
Standing in Doorways

9 gorgeous tracks from some of my favorite people, songwriters, and singers spanning 4 countries and 2 continents. Available at all live performances and online!
Looking Ahead – October
Josephine County is getting excited to head south in October to see friends in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as some shows in beautiful Maine, a jaunt to the Lone Star State, and an album!  Head over to the band site for info!

Hello and welcome back to the news page here at Colleen Raney headquarters.  Yesterday’s news has been archived here and we’ll keep you posted on what’s coming up next or what’s going on right now on this page.  Which brings us to our first and only business of the day…. the cd launch concert for Standing in Doorways!

Please join us on Friday, August 24th at Frontier in Brunswick, Maine for a wonderful night of friends and music to celebrate the release of our 5th studio album in 10 years.  Pretty great for a kid who fell in love with Irish music because she mostly wanted to hang out with her brother more. Tickets here:

Joining us for the bulk of the show will be album guitarist Bethany Waickman and flute, whistle, shakuhachi player and singer Hanz Araki.  And just today we sorted out that Josephine County will be making a very special appearance at the show for some songs and tunes as well.  It’s going to be a great time and I do hope you’ll join us.

And now please enjoy a photo of a giant cabbage from my garden.  I’ll write again soon.