Celtic Artist Hanz Araki and Guest Ranford Almond Close Out The Year

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Celtic Artist Hanz Araki and Guest Ranford Almond Close Out The Year

Ranford Almond
Ranford Almond

The Dylanesque style of Ranford Almond, our youngest performer so far, captured the ears, hearts and minds of many in the audience on Friday October 3rd at The Creative Center as The Collabative's last show of 2014 got underway. Ranford presented original songs mixed with some classics that had people singing along in their seats and clapping enthusiastically at the end of each selection. Ranford seems to already know where he wants to go with is music and his original material and choices of cover songs played well to his talent level and skills.

Hanz Araki, Colleen Raney & Cary Novotny
Hanz Araki, Colleen Raney & Cary Novotny

Hanz Araki took the stage after Ranford, along with vocalist / percussionist Colleen Raney and guitarist/ vocalist Cary Novotny and proceeded to transport everyone on a wonderful musical journey through rousing Irish story telling songs like "Valentine O'hara", "My Jolly Roving Tar" and a little ditty"Hanging On To Me Four and Nine" (or something very close to that!), beautiful instrumentals filled with flute and acoustic guitar and the occasional song which showcased Colleen Raney's splendid voice. Hanz was in North Carolina promoting his latest CD "Foreign Shore". Needless to say, the night went long and there were claps, hoots and hollers and of course a plea for an encore, which our personable guests were happy to oblige.

It was a bittersweet moment as the trio took their final bows. The scene is a delightful one of happy faces caught up in conversations around the room, the band selling CD's and greeting guests, the rattle of chairs folding and and plates clanging in the sink, the bustle of activity as our "house" for our shows is dismantled and the room turns back into an art gallery. Those images from that night and every show this year will have to tide us over till?... the next one!

Thank yous & photos from The Collabative's 11th show, August 19, 2014

Thank yous & photos from The Collabative's 11th show, August 19, 2014

Thank You for Taking the Ride with Us

We'd like to thank you, our audience for being part of "the ride" by your presence at our latest show on August 19th for Klezmer music from the Boston-based band Ezekiel's Wheels, along with the jumpin', jivin' good time fun of Chip Newton, Carey Harwood and Roger Kohrs, otherwise known as The Undermanned String Band from Burlington, NC. Both of these groups put on a stellar show at The Creative Center in Greensboro that night with a brilliant mixture of talent and personality. Your attendance gave them the attention, response and camaraderie they deserve and your donations were appreciated by all the performers. When it all comes together, it is a hell of a good ride, wouldn't you say? THANK YOU for helping us be able to do what we love and aspire to. Please tell your friends and bring others into fold. Till next time... ride on!

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A Night Of Stories & Song - In Retrospect

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A nice thing about the house concert style performance at The Creative Center, is the room layout is such that just about everyone is pretty close to the action. And those who attend are gracious enough to be quiet and attentive. This made the perfect format for "A Night Of Stories & Song" featuring Sam Frazier, Molly McGinn and Lawyers Guns and Money. Each of the acts gave the audience the back story behind the music pieces they presented. Left to our own imagination, we might create all sorts of scenarios that could explain the lyrics of a song, or we might scratch our heads and wonder indefinitely about what the writer was trying to say.  On this night we got to know the story, hear the song and understand the writers better. You can't ask for much more than that! More of the individual personality of each of our talented musicians was on display as they interacted with the audience. Case in point, one of our writers was a little reticent about speaking, even using the word ambivalent to describe their feeling. It would be easy to assume that someone who plays in front of hundreds even thousands of people would hardly be nervous or self-conscious, but that is not always the case. Despite the discomfort, they managed to do just fine and the crowd let it be known with their applause. Sam Frazier showed his humorous side with songs like "Genius" from his CD "Half A Million Years". Molly McGinn gave us selections from her upcoming CD "Postcards From The Swamp" and Lawyers Guns and Money previewed "I'm Walkin' " their contribution to The Healing Blues Project which you can see in their video further down the page.

It was another great night of local original music talent supported by followers of The Collabative and we'd like to thank the The Creative Center and YOU... for your presence and contributions! Stay tuned for news about our August 19th show, which will be another "first" for us.

Enjoy "I'm Walkin'" from the show (thank you Doug Mokaren):

Enjoying a Christmas break and wishing you a happy holiday season

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It's been quiet around The Collabative's website since our incredible run of events. That doesn't mean we aren't talking and conceptualizing and tweaking and reflecting and planning. It was a year with some amazing highs and some learning curves, and we look forward to discovering what 2014 holds.

Until we have something more to share, we wish to say thank you for being a part of this ride with us, and for all the help and support. We hope your holiday season has started out exactly the way you want it to begin, and that the remainder just keeps getting better.

Cheers!

Kris & Melody