Celtic music all stars to rock the Treehouse

Hanz Araki and Colleen Raney will be joined by Elly Marshall and Miles Isacke for a very special performance at The Treehouse Café at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

This combination of powerful players from the northeast corner of the states will entertain and delight audiences with songs and tunes in the Irish tradition.

An accomplished singer and flute player from Bainbridge Island now living in Portland, Maine, Araki has been prominent in the Irish music community in the United States and Japan for more than two decades.

In that time, he has released 10 award-winning albums, played countless festival stages (including the Vancouver Folk Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Austin Celtic Music Festival and Celtic Connections), toured internationally (in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Canada and Mexico) and collaborated with a number of renowned musicians within and outside of the Celtic music genre.

Vocalist Raney has been referred to as “among the best in her genre” by Irish Music Magazine and “one of America’s best traditional singers” by TradConnect.

Raney said she’s 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, Raney has delighted audiences from Ireland to the United States to Japan. She sings with an enchanting yet unaffected style allowing the listener to enjoy her selection of songs whether they are familiar or more obscure.

A staple of the Portland, Maine Irish music scene, fiddler Marshall began playing in Vermont, studying with Sarah Blair. This, along with years of playing for dances, has lead to a strong and clear style of playing exemplified by articulate bowing and nuanced ornamentation.

Maine native Isacke grew up playing music, but it wasn’t until he moved to Portland that he was introduced to traditional Irish music. A product of the fantastic community of Irish musicians in Maine, he has developed a driving style of DADGAD guitar as well as a lyrical and dynamic approach to tenor banjo.

Tickets, $18 each, are on sale for this 21-and-older concert.

Visit www.treehousebainbridge.com to purchase.