Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The month of March brings the opportunity to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, and the Arizona Senior Academy makes that possible musically by featuring Nancy McCallion’s Irish Trio.
Revisiting her Irish roots each March along with her husband, guitarist Danny Krieger, and violinist Heather Hardy, singer-songwriter McCallion and her band perform both traditional Celtic melodies and original tunes ranging from ballads and foot stomping reels and gigs, to high energy pub songs.
McCallion likes to describe her music as “American roots music with a twist of soul and a dram of blarney.” The daughter of an Irish-Scots immigrant and a Texas farm girl, McCallion grew up in Tucson, where she was influenced by the Norteño sounds of her Southwest Side neighborhood mixed with her dad’s Irish traditions and her mother’s Texas country influences.
Originally from Los Angeles, Danny Krieger is one of the Southwest’s most respected guitarists who has worked with a variety of artists including Big Joe Turner, Coco Montoya, Johnny Rivers, and Eric Burdon. He has wowed Academy audiences in appearances with the blues duo Grams & Krieger, where his nimble guitar work has brought down the house.
Violinist Heather Hardy studied at the Manhattan School of Music, but began exploring improvisation, blues and rock music while busking in the New York City subways. She relocated to Tucson in 1989 and has become a mainstay in the Tucson music scene, performing with numerous bands as well as her own Lil’ Mama Hardy Band. Hardy will also appear at the ASA in May with Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass Band.
Fans of Irish music will surely enjoy the CD by Nancy McCallion’s Irish Trio, “Opossum and Praties” – an acoustic album with guitars, dobro, violin and penny whistle, featuring storytelling songs with strong lyrics.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer