FÁNAÍ WANDERS INTO PORTLAND

The Portland Céilí Society is proud to present the Third Friday Irish Céilí Dance on October 19 at the PPAA Building, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland. The October céilí has a long tradition of being the holloween costume céilí. This year is no acception, participants are encourage to come dresses in full costume to dance to the music of Irish band Fánaí.



"Fánaí (pronounced "Fawnee"), is Irish for "traveler" an appropriate name for this Irish traditional music trio made up of a Dubliner, a London Irish man and a Pennsylvanian. The group features the singing and playing of the three widely traveled musicians. John Walsh plays banjo and mandolin and sings. His journey has led from his home in Malahide, Co. Dublin to Palmer, Alaska. Jamie O'Brien (vocals, guitar) left England for Pennsylvania, by way of France and Germany. Button accordion and melodeon player Dan Possumato has spent most of his adult life traveling across the globe - from Pittsburgh and the Mid-Atlantic to Germany before settling in Eagle River, Alaska, 8 years ago.

Performing melodies which revolve around the driving sound of banjo, enriched with the fullness of accordion and accompanied by the inventive rhythm of guitar, the band has won the hearts of many wherever they've played. Fánaí creates a sound steeped in tradition while still appealing to modern listeners. Their repertoire features many lesser-heard tunes inherited by the players on their long musical journeys". - Fánaí website.


The Portland Céilí Society (PCS) is a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, educate and encourage the practice of traditional Irish folk dances, songs, and music in the Portland metropolitan area. The Portland Céilí Society has been hosting concerts, dances and events since 1982. Céilís are held on the Third Friday of each month, September through May.

For more information:
Visit www.PortlandCeiliSociety.org
http://akirishtrad.net/Fanai.html

Irish Céilí Dance
PPAA, 618 SE Alder, Portland, Oregon
Friday October 19, 2007
8pm lesson, 9pm dance
Music by: Fánaí
$8 students/seniors, $10 general, members $2 off

IRISH PLAYING SHAKUHACHI MASTER TO FRONT SEPTEMBER CÉILÌ

by Nancy Jarrell

Take the delicate branch of a sixth generation shakuhachi player, graft it onto some sturdy Irish roots, and sprinkle it with a bit of the Pogue Mahone. Then nurture it in the Emerald City, transplant it to Portland, and you might end up with Hanz Araki, who will be playing at the September 21st Third Friday Céilí of The Portland Céilí Society held at the PPAA Building, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland.

Winner of “Male Newcomer of the Year” in the 2005 Liveies—or Live Ireland Awards—which are presented to the best of the best in Irish traditional music, “He is from Seattle. We had never heard of him. Then, WHAM! His album, “Six of One 5 of the Other” hit our desk. Araki is a terrific flute player, and a truly terrific singer. It is very rare to find a talent this good on an instrument who also sings this well. . . This is a big time talent!” (Bill Margeson, www.liveIreland.com).

Like most of those who win newcomer awards, Araki has actually been honing his talent for years. With such a broad talent and credentials that include international tours with the likes of The Paperboys, The Bridies, and K.M.R.I.A (Portland’s Pogues Tribute Band), Araki has already been featured on several recordings and soundtracks. His infectious playing and charismatic presence make him a favorite among dancers.

But between the jigs and reels that are so popular at the céilí, you will be sure to have the chance to enjoy the soulful side of this performer, as you waltz to a truly breathtaking ballad or two.

The Portland Céilí Society (PCS) is a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, educate and encourage the practice of traditional Irish folk dances, songs, and music in the Portland metropolitan area. The Portland Céilí Society has been hosting concerts, dances and events since 1982. Céilís are held on the Third Friday of each month, September through May.

For more information, visit
www.PortlandCeiliSociety.org or email PortlandCeiliSociety@yahoo.com

For more information on Hanz Araki, to listen to tracks or order music, go to http://www.myspace.com/hanzaraki

Irish Céilí Dance
PPAA, 618 SE Alder, Portland, Oregon
Friday September 21, 2007, 8pm lesson, 9pm dance
Music by: Hanz Araki
$8 students/seniors $10 general, members $2 off