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Whitesides Celtic Music Series
Friday, May 10th, Sophie & Fiachra Trio, Irish and Québécois dance tunes on fiddle and uilleann pipes $25 reserve, $20 GA, Whiteside Theatre
Monday, June 17th, Hanz Araki, Album release concert, Fluter performing traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, England, French Canada, $22 reserve, $18 GA Whiteside Theatre
Alan Reid (ex-Battlefield Band) and Rob van Sante, October 24, 7 pm, $20 reserved, $15 GA Whiteside Theatre
Hanneke Cassel Trio, November 7, 7 pm, $22 Reserve, $18 GA Whiteside Theatre
Friday, May 10, 7:00pm Sophie & Fiachra Trio
General Admission: $20 Advanced Reserved: $25 $2 off with CFS or Whiteside membership
The Sophie & Fiachra Trio are a group of musicians sans frontières who refuse to let the Atlantic sunder their love of their own and other’s Irish and Québecois musical traditions. Comprising of Irish uilleann piper Fiachra ORegan, Québec fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, and guitarist André Marchand, the trio take traditional Irish and Québécois traditional music, blended with Lavoies lithe and masterful compositions. Their choice of songs will “captivate the most casual listener”.
“Its refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse” -Quotes from Siobhán Long, of The Irish Times
Monday, June 17, 7:00pm Hanz Araki with Dan Faiella
Doors open at 6:00 pm General Admission: $18 Advanced Reserved: $22 $2 off with CFS or Whiteside membership
Considered one of the most talented Irish musicians in America today, flautist, whistle player, singer, and Juno Award-winner Hanz Araki has been lauded by publications and audiences alike. Three decades of musical exploration into Irish, Scottish, Japanese, and American traditions has yielded his distinct style described by Fatea Magazine as “achingly beautiful.”
As the sixth generation of his family to bear the title Araki Kodo, Hanz (short for Hanzaburo, his great-great grandfather’s name) spent his formative years mastering the Japanese end-blown bamboo flute. Discovering and relishing the melodic and mechanical similarities between shakuhachi and Irish whistle, Hanz applied his natural capacity and boundless curiosity to his Irish heritage. Taking advantage of the rich Irish music scene in Seattle, where he spent his youth, Hanz quickly became known for his exquisite instrumental work on both Irish whistle and flute and a haunting singing voice that was born to tell tales.
Over the years, Hanz has released 11 albums, including 2014’s critically acclaimed Foreign Shore. Festival appearances include the Austin Celtic Festival, the Maine Celtic Celebration, the Missoula Celtic Festival, KVMR Grass Valley Celtic Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Bumbershoot, Celtic Connections, and over 20 years of performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Hanz has also been invited to perform with the Seattle Symphony, at the Gates Estate, and for the Japanese Consul General.