St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and the Arizona Senior Academy will get you into the festive spirit with Nancy McCallion’s Irish Trio, performing a midday show on Tuesday (March 13) beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Singer/songwriter Nancy 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.
Revisiting her Irish roots each March along with her husband, guitarist Danny Krieger, and violinist Heather Hardy, multi-instrumentalist McCallion’s band performs both traditional Celtic melodies and original tunes ranging from ballads, foot stomping reels and gigs, to high energy pub songs.
Originally from Los Angeles, Danny Krieger is one of the Southwest’s most respected guitarists, He 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.
The Irish Trio’s CD, “Opossum and Praties,” is an acoustic album with guitars, dobro, violin and penny whistle, sure to please fans of Irish music and storytelling songs with strong lyrics.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer