Ranford Almond, former Showcase of Original Music participant, returns


We are pleased to welcome back an old friend to perform for us. Back in 2012 when The Showcase of Original Music (the precursor to The Collabative) was in full swing, we had an open mic participant who made an instant impact on the audience the night he performed. His name?... Ranford Almond and he will play the opening set for the Hanz Araki Celtic music show starting at 8pm on October 3, 2014 at The Creative Center in Greensboro.

As a young boy Ranford wanted nothing more than to play the guitar but there was no guitar small enough for his four year old hands. Instead he started learning to play the violin. Eventually he grew to be "guitar-sized" and his wish finally came true. With an instrument he could sing along with, he blossomed into the singer - songwriter that was the source of his dreams. Call it a knack, or raw talent... both are true to some extent, but to that he has applied hours of practice and attention to the song crafting process along with the help of his father David Almond. That four year old is now in his teens and has the stage credentials and performing experience of artists much older and more involved in the local music scene. You might call him an "Old Soul" for his song writing and delivery speak like a person who has put in more time on this earth than his age attests.

See a little of Ranford's story in the video below...

We know you'll love this budding artist. Read more about the event and RSVP here.



The Boston Boys Schedule Show At The Creative Center, Oct. 9


So, we've been saying that our October 3rd event featuring Hanz Araki along with Ranford Almond would be our last show for 2014 and meaning it. Well... that was until we got an e-mail inquiring about possibly helping put something together for a group called The Boston Boys.  who will now be appearing in the Sanctuary building at The Creative Center Thursday October 9, 2014.

Their name would have you believe they hail from the state of Massachusetts, but these guys are really from Brooklyn, NY. Their name is taken from the title of a traditional fiddle tune. Curiously, Boston has provided us with more than one group here at The Collabative with prior acts - Ezekiels Wheels & Occidental Gypsy which just added to the intrigue.

It turns out that one of the current members of The Boston Boys, Eric Robertson, is a former member of Beacon Wood, a very popular American band from the Greensboro area. We love the local angle and the fact that while this group is in town, the afternoon before their performance at The Creative Center, they will do a music work shop at Weaver Academy. Those are the kinds of things we love to see and are eager to promote.

While this is not a Collabative show in the "House Concert" format we have done this year, we are proud to have our name associated with this event and to help promote it. Once again we will help bring you music you might otherwise not hear. It will be a wonderful night of entertainment in the Sanctuary Building and well worth your time. Please save the date, make plans to attend and tell a friend too! Buy advance tickets here.

Welcoming Hanz Araki - Celtic Music with A Japanese Twist


If you are an avid follower of Celtic music and the performers in that world, then the name Hanz Araki may be known to you. if not, let us help get you familiar. Hanz is a world traveled, seasoned performer who has garnered many accolades for his talent on the Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and more recently, the Penny Whistle (tin whistle) akin to the recorder or Native American flute of which we are most familiar. 

How does one become a master of the Japanese bamboo flute? You could take lessons, or... you could be born into a family steeped in generations of bamboo flute history. Hanz is short for Hanzaburo, the name of his great grandfather who developed the notation used in Shakuhachi - Japanese flute -music today. Hanz studied under his father Tatsuyo kodo Araki, himself a fifth generation master. "KODO" is one of the most important names in Japanese music and is inherited through a tradition of accomplishment. Having taught in the same University as his father and performed many concerts in Japan, the world awaited and Hanz was ready to broaden his horizons.

Returning to his hometown of Seattle Washington, the area where the Irish side of his family put down roots, Hanz joined friends there to put together a band doing Irish and Scottish music, known as The Whyos. His prowess on the Shakuhachi translated nicely to the Penny Whistle, a staple of Celtic music. His transformation into an accomplished penny whistle player, singer and Celtic music expressionist since then has taken him on tours across countries such as the US, Canada, the UK, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Japan to name a few. And soon... he will be performing his amazing music just for us. Well... we mean YOU of course! The show is October 3. All the details are here.

Here's a little taste of the penny whistle...

Plan on joining us on October 3? Then read more about the event and RSVP here.

The Undermanned String Band Joins In On August 19th Klezmer Band show.


Sometimes ideas take a long time to come to fruition. Patience is a virtue that can be in short supply in that process. Fortunately, we were able persevere in our efforts over the past year to find just the right musical situation to feature The Undermanned String Band, the opening act for August 19th show with Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer band. Click here to learn all about the show.

The idea came back to us while working on another project The Collabative has been involved in called the "Talk Of Teronus". Hosts Dr. Drave ( a.k.a. Dave Fox) and Mike "Wezo" Wesolowski have an internet talk / music show featuring local and regional musicians that is produced by The Collabative. As luck would have it, Chip Newton - one of the members of the band - was scheduled as a guest on their show which was shot recently. It's hard to ignore the signs when you all end up in one room together. So, we broached the idea with Chip,  who conferred with his musical partner Carey Harwood and they said yes. Just like that a year later, we finally found the right situation for them to perform. We know you'll be glad we were able to work that out! Have a listen to the video below:

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