Tuesday, March 17, 2020,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Get into the musical spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with Nancy McCallion’s Irish Trio! In what has become an annual tradition at the Arizona Senior Academy, singer-songwriter Nancy McCallion shares her Irish roots, along with her husband, guitarist Danny Krieger and good friend, violinist Heather Hardy. 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.
Describing her music as “American roots music with a twist of soul and a dram of blarney,” McCallion plays guitar, penny whistle and assorted other instruments. 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 musical heritage.
Originally from Los Angeles, Danny Krieger is one of the Southwest’s most respected guitarists. He has worked with a variety of famed 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 musicians as well as with her own band. She has appeared at the ASA together with Sabra Faulk, and most recently with the Heather Lil’ Mama Hardy 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