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Colleen Raney at The Playwright

 Posted: 2:00 AM October 31, 2013

For her fourth album, "Here This Is Home," Portland-based Celtic folk singer Colleen Raney headed to Dublin, Ireland, to record.

"We wanted this to be a more genuine and truer experience, and it seems to be coming through on the album," Raney says.

The album, released earlier this month, features eight traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs and three contemporary songs, all written by Irishmen.

"The album has become a discussion of what is home?" she says. "Is it a place? Is it a person? Is it the music and traditions?"

The songs address topics ranging from coal mining and exile to servitude and homesickness, but Raney's "hearty, earthy and mercifully-unaffected voice" bring a welcome charm to an otherwise melancholy soundscape.

As one blogger, Stuart Mason, commented, Raney's "perfectly fragile phrasing invokes the homesick heart of the immigrant and the craggy windswept shore of the distant homeland."

Raney will close out a monthlong CD release tour with a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at The Playwright Public House, 258 A St., Ashland. She will be joined by button accordionist Johnny B. Connolly and Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Zac Leger.

There is a suggested donation of $7 to $10.

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