Ryan Alfred (left) and Katherine Byrnes are Sweet Ghosts.

Sweet Ghosts is an Americana/Folk duo who have already made their mark with Arizona Senior Academy audiences. Singer-songwriter Ryan Alfred and vocalist Katherine Byrnes enjoy expanding their musical palette with some of Tucson’s finest musicians, and on Tuesday (Oct. 24) they will add violinist Ben Nisbet and pianist Angelo Versace to the mix for an 11:30 a.m. performance at the Academy.

The music of Sweet Ghosts is rooted in folk and country traditions. but with a contemporary twist. Their songs weave personal and universal emotions and experiences that speak to the heart. Their spot-on and unusual vocal harmonies enhance the storytelling of their songs.

Alfred spent five years playing upright bass and singing harmonies in the celebrated Tucson band Calexico, and currently tours with Telluride Bluegrass Festival winners Run Boy Run.  He also plays gigs with Ronstadt Generations.

Byrnes has traveled to China as lead singer with the University of Arizona Big Band and spent time as a background singer for Americana star Amos Lee. She appears locally with jazz pianist-arranger Jeff Haskell, specializing in duets from the Great American Songbook.

Ben Nisbet, well-known as violinist with the Tucson Symphony and as director of the St. Andrew’s Bach Society Summer Concert Series, also enjoys breaking out of the classical mold, playing guitar as well as violin with popular and jazz groups.

“Fleet-fingered” jazz pianist Angelo Versace is the current director of Jazz Studies at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. Wearing many hats as a performer, educator, composer, arranger and producer, he also enjoys working with young musicians from the Tucson Jazz Institute as well as performing with small ensembles at local Tucson venues.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Sweet Ghosts Return as a Quartet: October 2017
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