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Irish singer to perform farewell concert May 20

COURTESY PHOTO - Traditional Irish singer Colleen Raney will perform a farewell concert at the Walters Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. before embarking on a move across the country to Portland, Maine.One of Portland’s traditional Irish singers, Colleen Raney, will take the stage at The Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., 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.

Raney is a member of the thriving Irish music community in the Pacific Northwest, and her touring highlights include the KVMR Grass Valley Celtic Festival, Maine Celtic Celebration, Winston-Salem Celtic Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, and Seattle’s respected 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 on the day of the show. They can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com or through the Walters box office by calling 503-615-3485.

Beer, wine, coffee, snacks and concessions will be available in the lobby before the show and during intermission from local favorite Longbottom Coffee & Tea.