It’s only fitting that Katherine Nagy is making her Performing Arts Center debut shortly after St. Patrick’s Day.
Nagy left Ireland for the United States at the age of 7. After moving, she still spent every summer in Ireland visiting relatives. His original music reflects a certain Celtic influence.
“It’s a huge part of me,” she said.
Nagy, an Indianapolis resident, and her band will perform at 10:30 a.m. on March 20 in the Peanut Butter & Jam series at the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. This will be her first appearance in the series, designed for ages 1-7.
“I’m a mother of three, so I do a lot with the kids on a daily basis,” Nagy said.
“So I’ve done this type of show before, but never for a formal thing (like) PB&J (series),” Nagy said. “I don’t see myself as a children’s animator. The show will be music that adults will enjoy too. The show is aimed at children, and I will speak to the audience as if they were children. But the music will be traditional Irish music. It won’t be children’s music.
“We’re going to do a mix of familiar Irish ballads and pub songs, then my original music which is Irish.”
Nagy’s group includes guitarist Austin Johnson, violinist Jane Rupert and Dmitri Alano, who play the Irish flute, bagpipes and Irish whistle.
Alano is the director of the Irish Academy of the Arts.
Additionally, Nagy will perform Irish music during xZOOberance at noon on March 25 at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Nagy said singer-songwriter plus folk is her primary genre.
“There’s a bit of Americana in there too,” she said. “I’ll do covers of Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Patsy Cline. Then I do Norah Jones, these are the covers that I do. The original songs that I do are folk and a bit of that blues and American stuff.
Nagy said she may have performed outdoors in the summer of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I performed with the Indy Parks concert series at Eagle Creek Park,” Nagy said. “My group was able to play at Midtown Plaza in Carmel. I played at Carmel Farmers Market and will do it again. I was really happy to be able to play outside.
The Peanut Butter & Jam performance will be her first indoor show of the year.
“I don’t play a ton of concerts, anyway,” she says. “I was focusing more on writing this winter. I’m working on a new album that I can’t wait to start recording, hopefully in the studio this summer.
Nagy released three songs in 2020, one in October, one in November, and one for Christmas.
“I was able to work with my band members and record my voice at home,” Nagy said. “The silver lining from last year is learning how to create new music using all the wonders of technology they have at their disposal.”
Tickets for the Tarkington show cost $ 10 per child with free tickets for two adults with every child ticket purchase. Masks are mandatory for ages 8 and up and encouraged for ages 3-7. With capacity limitations, the performance will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube for those who cannot attend in person.
For tickets, visit thecenterpresents.org. To learn more, visit katherinenagymusic.com.