Colleen Raney and Colm MacCárthaigh to play lively Irish music at Peninsula Arts Center

<p>Colleen Raney.</p>

LONG?BEACH, Wash. — Celtic singer Colleen Raney and Dublin-born guitarist and singer Colm MacCárthaigh will return to Long Beach, Wash., for a special concert at the Peninsula Arts Center 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

The duo, who toured extensively in 2011 to celebrate the release of their internationally acclaimed album “Cuan,” have reunited for a handful of shows in 2013 and will delight you with an evening of Irish and Scottish songs and tunes from that album and more.

Raney is among the best young Celtic singers of her generation, inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes she grew up with as a member of the multi-talented Raney family and alongside the world-renowned harp and dulcimer duo Magical Strings.

“Raney brings a rich heart and inviting voice – unmistakably American and without affectation or pretense – to her music,” says Sean Smith of the Boston Irish Reporter.

Raney is often found singing with a band culled from the cream of the Irish music crop in Portland, where she makes her home. She is also a member of the band Story Road, based out of northern California and featuring fiddler John Weed and guitarist and mandola player Stuart Mason.

Dublin-born MacCárthaigh is an in-demand Irish session musician who calls Seattle home. After studying and playing extensively in Ireland, he now plays with musicians such as Tom Creegan, Dale Russ, Leo MacNamara, Aurora Burd and Magical Strings in their annual Celtic Yuletide Celebration. MacCárthaigh is recognized on both sides of the pond for his deft and lively guitar playing.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are $12; reservations are recommended. The Peninsula Arts Center is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N in Long Beach, Wash. For more information visit, email or call 360-642-2011 Information about Raney can be found at at

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