A restless heart and devotion to music has made Mary Fagan a true original with wide ranging influences. Backing herself solidly on guitar or piano, she moves seamlessly from jazz to folk, blues and rock. With influences that range from Duke Ellington to The Grateful Dead, you can't fit her neatly into any one musical category. Is she Southern, Western or a New Englander? Who cares! Because no matter what she plays, you will be captivated. She's got a voice that's both bold and smooth, wherever it came from, it was forged in the blues and then dipped in velvet.
The Honey Bees Trio is Fagan, guitarist/producer Chris O'Neill & upright bassist Jock Irvine. They groove on Americana, 1930's Jazz, Western Swing & Originals. Buzzing around the roots of American music for a swinging good time.
Fagan sings Jazz regularly with The State Street Combo and with the 18-piece The Tall Granite Big Band. They are often at Hermanos in Concord & Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia. Check the show page for dates & more venues.
Music has always been part of life for Fagan. She grew up in a house where her parents both played piano. There were piano lessons and also music in school band on the flute & the trombone in Marching Band. At The University of New Hampshire she studied Math and Political Science, earning a bachelor's degree in each. It was there, too that she picked up the guitar. It's portability suits her quite well. She's traveled most of the US and has played overseas in Ireland, China & Japan. She's lived in New York, New Hampshire, Colorado, California, North Carolina and Austin, Texas, soaking up musical styles and flavors along the way.
The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan have been big influences, as well as jazz artists such as Billie Holiday and Fats Waller. Texas has left it's mark with classic country & western swing from the likes of Ray Price & Bob Wills. Whether with a group or accompanying herself on guitar or piano, her vocals are striking. She is both gritty and pure, her winsome style could give a grey sky the blues.
"...Billy Holiday in bell bottoms..."
~ Summit Daily News
"...Her voice will knock you off your chair!...
~ Charlotte Observer
"...She knows more chords than I do!..." *
~ Redd Volkaert ~ Grammy Winner, Telecaster Master
*Hey Now: Redd does say this, but it's not true...
With The Tall Granite Big Band
Honey Bees Trio
Jazz with the State Street Combo
My Heroes Earl Poole Ball & Redd Volkaert ~ at the Continental Club in Austin.
At The Comet Grill in Charlotte, NC.
Justin Powell & Shorty Miller
at The Beaver in Charlotte
with Robert Self in Shreveport, LA
at The Noble Savage
at The Hadley
with Nick Nixon
in Chapel Hill, NC
With Cito & Shorty in NC
Cito MF Stevie Shorty