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,

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.

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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