Nancy McCallion and The Scarlet Lettermen will entertain an Arizona Senior Academy audience on Tuesday (June 7) at 11:30 a.m. Their high-energy show will feature a mix of what McCallion calls “Americana with a twist of soul and a gram of blarney.”
Singer/songwriter Nancy McCallion has been active in the Tucson music scene for over 25 years, ever since forming the folk-rock band The Mollys in 1989. A multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, ukulele, harmonica and pennywhistle, McCallion draws upon the Norteno sounds of her childhood Southwest neighborhood along with Celtic influences from her Irish-Scots father, Texas old-time country influences from her mother, and a “cultural stew” of other influences.
Having combined her talents with a variety of Tucson musicians over the years, her latest band features Chris Davis guitar/vocals, Karl Hoffman bass/vocals, and Les Merrihew drums. They perform original songs and cover tunes, emphasizing vocal harmonies and dynamic arrangements. Nancy McCallion and The Scarlet Lettermen were the Sunday night headliners at last month’s 2016 Tucson Folk Festival.
McCallion’s original songs include sharp takes on life lived in difficult times, and tales of women struggling to strike a balance between intimacy and independence. Her song “Brighter in the Night” from the 2009 album “Take a Picture of Me” was featured in the recently released movie “The Age of Adaline.” The movie soundtrack also includes the likes of Bob Dylan and Ella Fitzgerald.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer