04 Wednesday Dec 2013
Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 – 7:30 PM
An Evening with Story Road
2nd Saturday Community Concert
Winona Grange #271, 8340 SW Seneca St, Tualatin, OR
Tickets $17. TICKET LINK
Veteran and student $12 tickets only available online.
All tickets at the door are $20 starting at 6:45pm
Acclaimed traditional musicians Colleen Raney, Johnny B. Connolly, Stuart Mason, and John Weed will deliver an evening of brilliant melody and exquisite song to Tualatin with their Celtic quartet Story Road. A mashup of Molly’s Revenge and the Colleen Raney Band, Story Road blends a lively brew of Irish, Scottish, and American music that ranges from delicate to hard-driving, with a few surprises in the mix. Their wide-ranging setlist will contain selections off of new releases from Colleen (Here This Is Home) and Mollys (Trio).
Portland, Oregon’s Colleen Raney is a gifted traditional singer who just released her fourth album, titled Here This is Home which was produced by guitarist and singer Aidan Brennan and engineered by Trevor Hutchinson over the summer of 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Her open-hearted approach to her repertoire was instilled by her upbringing in Seattle’s celebrated Raney Family, steeped in step-dancing and song. She breathes new life into the old tunes, finding facets in the music that haven’t been heard before and performing in the company of gifted friends who illustrate both the most delicate and upbeat aspects of her winning style. It’s earned her a following both among longtime adherents of Celtic music and younger fans who are new to the genre.
“America’s best traditional voice.” –tradconnect.com (Sept 2013)
Acordionist Johnny B. Connolly was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He began playing when he was eight and by age 15 he was a regular feature around his hometown, performing with musicians sometimes twice his age. Johnny’s dexterity on the accordion earned him a place with the established Celtic ensemble Anam at the age of seventeen. In 1996 Johnny seized an opportunity to bring his skills to America. In 2001 he signed with Green Linnet Records and released his first album entitled Bridgetown, named after his adopted hometown of Portland. While based in Portland, Johnny tours internationally, performing at festivals, concerts, and schools.
John Weed and Stuart Mason are members of Molly’s Revenge, a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. Molly’s Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Australia, Scotland, and China. An accomplished fiddler across genres, John Weed has lived in Ireland and immersed himself in the traditional styles of Clare and Donegal. Stuart has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association.
“There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing.” –Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.