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Celtic duo transports all to British Isles

The popular Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire will grace Theater in the Woods stage


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: - Hanz Araki often is joined by Kathryn Claire to play music born in the Celtic culture. Arakis flutes and Claires strings blend well with their traditional Celtic voices, bringing a little spring to the step of each person who listens.Sandy concertgoers will remember Hanz Araki and the Mighty Few on Meinig Park’s Main Stage last year.

Araki is returning to Sandy this year, only this time it will be a more intimate and acoustic setting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, in Meinig Park at the Theater in the Woods stage.

Araki, a master of world music, is bringing his guitar/fiddle player, Kathryn Claire, who also is a world-class Celtic musician and vocalist.

Araki’s vocal expression and Claire’s alluring voice share a complementary harmony, rare in the music industry. Their voices alone are a kind of reunion of classic folk artists — a contemporary version of the troubadours James Taylor and Carole King.

After more than 20 years in the world of Celtic music, Araki is considered one of the finest musicians and singers in this lively tradition.

The penny whistle and Irish flute have become his focus, and jigs and reels have become his second language. Araki’s voice also is well suited to the songs of Scotland, Ireland and England. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of Celtic folk songs.

Araki moved to Portland in 2006 — a move that proved to be most fortuitous, since it led to a musical partnership with Claire, who taught herself guitar at a young age.

At that tender age, Claire was simply exploring her voice as a songwriter and accompanist, but since then she has spent years cultivating her craft and has developed a hypnotic accompaniment style.

Araki and Claire quickly discovered their shared love of harmony, and a creative process began that has produced a tremendous body of work. Their shared passion for traditional music is magnetic, and they have become a favorite at music festivals and venues in the United States and abroad.

The concert is free and family friendly. Meinig Park is at 17670 Meinig Ave., behind Sandy City Hall. There are no vendors, but families may bring a picnic meal.

Theater in the Woods is the smaller of the two stages in the park and is located in the park's southeast area, near the gazebo. Bench seating is provided; bring a blanket or stadium chairs for comfort. In case of rain, the show will move to the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information, call 503-668-5569 or visit sandysummersounds.com.