“A bold sound from New England,” “an Irish music phenomenon in America,” and “pure exhilaration for the ears” are a few of the comments from recent reviews of the The Press Gang, a traditional Irish band from Portland, Maine, that will perform at 7 P.M. on Friday, February 10, at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street, in Astoria.
The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute-player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The quartet blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that these musicians pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound; at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.
Flutist and vocalist Araki is no stranger to the North Coast. He was based for many years in Portland, Oregon, and recorded solo albums as well as several albums with Kathryn Claire. Araki has performed locally at McMenamins’ Sand Trap Pub, KALA, the Fort George, the Peninsula Arts Center, and as a soloist with the North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty Theater.
Admission to the February 7 performance is $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Proceeds benefit the PAC. Tickets are available at the door and online at www.littlesearecords.com. For more information, call Partners for the PAC co-chair Charlene Larsen at 503-325-0590.