Get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day at the Arizona Senior Academy with Nancy McCallion’s Irish Trio on Tuesday (March 14). The fun starts at 11:30 am.
Singer/songwriter Nancy McCallion revisits her Irish roots every March, joined by violinist Heather Hardy and guitarist Danny Krieger. They perform both traditional and original Celtic music from ballads, foot stomping reels and gigs, to high energy pub songs.
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, she draws upon the Norteno sounds of her childhood Southwest neighborhood along with Celtic influences from her Irish-Scots father and Texas country influences from her mother.
Violinist Heather Hardy studied at the Manhattan School of Music with a double major in piano and violin, but finally settled on the violin. Busking in the New York City subways during her student years, she began to explore improvisation, blues and rock music. She relocated to Tucson in 1989 and has since been busy in the Tucson and New York City music scenes.
Danny Krieger is one of the Southwest’s most respected guitarists/slide guitarists. His musical resume includes world-wide tours with British pop band Christy in the early ’70s and recording sessions with a variety of artists including the late Andy Gibb. Originally from Los Angeles, he also worked with Big Joe Turner, Coco Montoya, Johnny Rivers, Smokey Wilson, and Eric Burdon.
The Irish Trio’s CD, “Opossum and Praties,” features McCallion’s Celtic inspired original tunes.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer