Portland, Maine-based Press Gang will perform at the Quimper Grange on Tuesday.

Portland, Maine-based Press Gang will perform at the Quimper Grange on Tuesday.

Traditional Irish band to perform at Quimper Grange

PORT TOWNSEND — The Press Gang, a traditional Irish and Celtic band based in Portland, Maine, will play a concert at the Quimper Grange at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Suggested donation at the door of the grange hall at 1219 Corona St., is $15 to $20.

The band features Hanz Araki on flute and vocals, Chris “Junior” Stevens on accordion and concertina, Owen Marshall on guitar and bouzouki, and Alden Robinson on fiddle.

John Doyle, a well-known Irish guitar player said about The Press Gang: “They are one of those rare bands that are ingenious, driving, thoughtful and yet have great respect for the tradition.”

Araki is an award-winning singer and flute player who has performed for more than two decades. He has released 11 albums, and toured internationally.

Stevens is performs and teaches concertina and button accordion. Robinson learned the fiddle growing up in coastal Maine, and furthered his education in traditional music at University College, County Cork in Ireland.

Marshall, a bouzouki and guitar player, is a sought-after accompanist in Irish and Old-Time genres, according to a news release.

More information about the Press Gang, including sound and video clips, is on its website at www.pressgang music.com.

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