It’s only fitting that Katherine Nagy is making her Center for the Performing Arts debut shortly after St. Patrick’s Day.
Nagy left Ireland for the United States when he was 7 years old. After moving, she still spent every summer in Ireland visiting relatives. Its original music reflects a definite Celtic influence.
“It’s a huge part of me,” she said.
Indianapolis resident Nagy and her band will perform at 10:30 a.m. on March 20 in the Peanut Butter & Jam Series at Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. This will be his 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 consider myself a children’s entertainer. The show will be music that adults will enjoy too. The show is for children, and I will speak to the audience as if they were children. But the music will be traditional Irish music. It will not be children’s music.
“We’ll do a mix of familiar Irish ballads and pub songs and then my original Irish music.”
Nagy’s band includes guitarist Austin Johnson, violinist Jane Rupert and Dmitri Alano, who plays flute, bagpipes and whistle.
Alano is the director of the Irish Arts Academy.
Additionally, Nagy will perform Irish music during xZOOberance at noon on March 25 at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Nagy has stated that singer-songwriter, plus folk, is his primary genre.
“There’s also a bit of Americana in there,” she said. “I’ll do covers of Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Patsy Cline. Then I do Norah Jones, those are the covers that I do. The original songs I do are folk and a bit of that bluesy, American stuff.
Nagy said she was able to perform outdoors in the summer of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I played with the Indy Parks concert series at Eagle Creek Park,” Nagy said. “My band was able to play at Midtown Plaza in Carmel. I played 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 gigs, anyway,” she said. “I focused 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 of the past year is learning how to create new music using all the marvels of technology at their disposal.”
Tickets for the Tarkington Show are $10 per child with free tickets for two adults with every child ticket purchase. Masks are mandatory for ages 8 and up and are encouraged for ages 3-7. With capacity limitations, the performance will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube for those unable to attend in person.
For tickets, visit thecenterpresents.org. To learn more, visit katherinenagymusic.com.