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Irish singer, Colleen Raney, to perform farewell concert

COURTESY PHOTO - Colleen Raney will perform a farewell concert at the Walters Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.One of Portland’s traditional Irish singers, Colleen Raney, will take the stage at The Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main St., Hillsboro, on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. She’ll be performing with Hanz Arakai and Cary Novotny.

Raney’s approach to her repertoire was inherited from her upbringing as part of Seattle’s celebrated Raney family, steeped in step-dancing and song. After touring extensively the last few years in the country and abroad, she recently released her fourth album, “Here is Home.”

As a member of the thriving Irish music community in the Pacific Northwest, Raney has appeared alongside the likes of Johnny B. Connolly, Magical Strings, Tom Creegan, Dale Russ and Colm MacCarthaigh. She’s also toured with the West Coast Celtic band Story Road with John Weed, Stuart Mason and Ryan Davidson.

Her touring highlights have included the KVMR Grass Valley Celtic Festival, Maine Celtic Celebration, Winston-Salem Celtic Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts and Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival, where she was a regular performer from 1980 to 2013. Her music can be heard on radio from Italy to Ireland to New York to Hawaii to Japan — and all parts in between.

After spending seven years in Portland as a musician and working in the arts, Raney recently decided to move to Portland, Maine, a city that will bring her closer to the Irish communities of Boston and New York, while also being that much closer to Ireland.

Tickets are on sale now for $14 in advance and $18 the day of the show and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com or through the Walters box office at 503-615-3485. Beer, wine, coffee, snacks and concessions will be available in the lobby before the show and during intermission from Longbottom Coffee & Tea.