Bridgeville Library to serve up a fundraiser in good taste

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Bridgeville Library patrons will get a taste of Corned Beef and Curry Saturday night, but it will be an auditory experience rather than one for the taste buds.

Corned Beef and Curry, the Celtic/classic rock band, is made up of Irishmen John McCann and Todd Hartman and Indian-born Bob Banerjee.

Buffalo-born McCann is a self-taught guitarist who played mostly classic rock, country and Celtic who began as a solo artist. Bannerjee, who moved to the South Hills as a child, began playing the violin in elementary school. Originally trained as a classical violinist, he eventually took up improvisational performances. Hartman directs two bands at Ambridge High School.

Their style, McCann said is, really nonexistent.

“Because I played as a solo guy, when you do that, you have to really have a wide range,” he said.

With McCann on guitar and vocals, Banerjee on fiddle and mandolin and Hartman on percussion, the band strives to put together high-energy, interactive performances. What they play depends on the crowd they're playing to.

“We have quite a variety,” he said. “We never stick completely to any one style. It depends on the audience.”

The out-of-the-ordinary blend is something that library fundraising coordinator Joyce Heinrich hopes will bring new faces to the library.

“We are trying to build a base of new patrons that have not been to the new library before, as well as keep our current patrons interested with new and different programs,” Heinrich said.

The library is also trying to bring in more adult programs.

“The bulk of our programs are currently geared for children,” she said. “But I hope that over the next year we offer more adult and senior programs.”

The trio will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeville Public Library. For patrons 21 and older, it is a bring-your-own-beer event. Free snacks will be provided by Moe's Southwest Grill.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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