IBMA Songwriter Showcase 2018

May 23, 2018

Congratulations to songwriters Lynna Woolsey, Nancy Beaudette & Jim Woolsey for their top ten standing in the World of Bluegrass Songwriter’s Showcase!

Reposted from Bluegrass Today on 

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the participants in their 2018 Songwriters Showcase, to take place in Raleigh, NC during the World Of Bluegrass convention in September.

The Showcase puts the selected writers in front of dozens of artists, producers, and labels who attend looking for new material. The participants are chosen in a competitive process with only ten making the final cut.

This year’s list contains a good many names that will be familiar to anyone who follows bluegrass songwriting. Many have showcased during World Of Bluegrass previously, and each earned their showcase by submitting a demo for a new, typically un-recorded song for consideration. And like in years past, you can expect to hear several of the showcased songs on albums next year.

The 2018 Songwriter Showcase for 2018 will include:

  • Bobby Powell and Tim Jones – Rusty Rails
  • Brittany Bailey – Friend Of Mine
  • David Morris and Dawn Kenney – Ain’t No Place Like Home
  • Lynna Woolsey, Nancy Beaudette, James Woolsey – Last Train Out
  • Aaron Bibelhauser – Changing Times
  • Ashley Caudill and Jon Weisberger – Walking Into Gloryland
  • Alan Barnosky – I Heart Mountains
  • Cathy Fink – Only One Chance
  • Evan Murphy – Jericho
  • Justin Hiltner – Dark Side

The Showcase will be held on Thursday, September 27 in the Raleigh Convention Center, where each writer will perform his or her song on stage for the assembled industry folks.

The Convention runs from September 25-27. Full details about registration for World Of Bluegrass 2018 can be found online.

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Daffodils Video Release!

May 11, 2018

Moonlit Pond is delighted to present The Kelly Girl’s original song and first official video, “Daffodils”, inspired by the poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” by William Wordsworth. Band members Aisling Keating and Nancy Beaudette collaborated on the writing of this song, adapting the poem to an upbeat melody and adding a very happy jig! The song is included on their CD, “May You Always”, available online at iTunes, Spotify.

We hope you find fields of joy every day of the year.

Click here to watch the video!

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And That’s A Wrap!

March 24, 2018

The Kelly Girls pulled out all stops to make St Patrick’s Day 2018 the best on the books. The Girls played in libraries, pubs and concert halls throughout March and the audiences turned out in droves! Here at Moonlit Pond Records, we’re very proud of the band and their high energy show and fun-loving spirit. Let’s do it all again next year!

Check out their website for upcoming shows and festival appearances!

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Countdown to BCMFest 2018: Sing along with the Bhoys and Girls

Posted on January 15, 2018by The BCMFest Blog

Another in a series of features about BCMFest 2018 that will be appearing in this blog right up until the festival (January 18-21), so as to better acquaint you with the events, activities and personalities that make up BCMFest, which is marking its 15th anniversary.

It’s all well and good to sit and listen to music, and you’ll get plenty of chances to do that at BCMFest. But Celtic music was made for sing-alongs, and you’ll have two special opportunities to raise your voice during Saturday Dayfest (January 20): First, with the Boston Harbor Bhoys at noon; and then at 4:45 p.m. with The Kelly Girls.

We asked Eddie Biggins of the Boston Harbor Bhoys and Kelly Girl Aisling Keating to talk about the art — and science — of getting audiences to sing along.

Q: Based on your long experience, do you think most people actually do like to sing — even if they say they can’t?

EDDIE: Yes! When we can get an audience singing, it really doesn’t matter how good you sound. It’s about the community of it, the participation. We think that on some level, most people like to sing.

AISLING: We absolutely believe that people want to sing along! Sometimes audiences tend be a bit shy, so we always find it most successful when we invite and entice them to join in. We like to teach the audience a chorus on an original tune that they might not be so familiar with, or just let them chime in on a song that is more familiar. Sharing music is a beautiful experience that creates an amazing connection between audience and performers and there is nothing more wonderful than when everyone lifts their voices to the rafters.

Q: If you have an audience that seems reluctant to join in, do you have any special techniques or shticks to get them singing?

AISLING: The best technique is simply to invite and encourage folks to join in! We love to have fun and connect with our audience. Us having fun, puts our audience at ease.

EDDIE: Sometimes shaming them into it works! Some people may be reluctant because they don’t know the words, so we encourage them to sing “la la la” if they don’t know it. And if an audience truly does not want to participate, well…you have to know when to give up, too. Sometimes they just prefer to listen.

Or, we can always launch into “Piano Man.” You can’t not sing along to that one!

Q: Obviously, with sing-alongs one tends to rely on songs that are likely to be familiar to most, but do you enjoy teaching songs that are maybe a little off the beaten track, too? What ones fall into that category?

EDDIE: It can be fun to teach something that the crowd might be less familiar with. We like to have the audience sing the “Day-I-Ay-I-Ay” parts of “The Galway Girl,” which is something they may not be used to. We seem to teach more hand clapping parts than singing parts (“Whiskey in the Jar,” “Wild Rover,” “Finnegan’s Wake”).

AISLING: We love to teach an audience a new song, particularly a band original.

Q: Off the top of your head, what are three songs you do that pretty much everybody will sing along to?

AISLING: We have songs old and new, original and traditional, that strike a balance with our audience feeling one minute they want to be quiet to listen to the story, the lyrics and harmonies, and then the next minute they want to sing and clap and join in! We perform original songs that have a hooky chorus like “Molly Kool” and audiences jump right in. And we sing some classic songs like ” Wild Mountain Thyme” or “Old Maid in the Garret” which always prompt a sing-along.

EDDIE: It depends on the audience. “The Wild Rover” is one that even non-Irish music crowds will seem to know. “Black Velvet Band” is another. When performing for seniors, we generally do a medley of old-time Irish-American songs specifically designed for singing along, including songs like “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral.” That gets everyone going.

And of course, there’s always “Piano Man,” but only if we have no other choice.

Schedules, ticket information and other details about BCMFest are available here.

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The Kelly Girl’s Debut CD – “May You Always”

December 4, 2017

From the first few bars at the very first rehearsal, The Kelly Girls knew a recording project would be in their future. 2017 is the year they made it happen. After months of arranging, recording, and mixing, the CD is complete!

Its unofficial release happened this past Friday night during their Celtic Christmas Show at the Bull Run Restaurant to an enthusiastic and celebratory audience. The reviews are just starting to come in, and the word on the street is beyond our wildest expectations!

Available for sale at www.thekellygirls.com

“Wow! Wow! Wow! Made me cry, gave me chills, and had me dancing around the kitchen while I made cookies. And that’s before it was even over! Highly recommended.” – P. Kenneally

The album has thirteen songs, seven of which are Kelly Girl originals! “Molly Kool”, written by Nancy Beaudette, honours the first North American woman to receive her Master Mariner papers back in 1939. “Last Rose of Summer” was penned by Christine Hatch and is a touching ballad about a mother’s legacy. “Barney’s Shenanigans” and “Barney Get Home” are jigs inspired by the antics of Aisling Keating’s cat! Melinda Kerwin’s beautiful melody “Another Goodnight” along with Nancy’s lyric, lament the heartache of young lovers going their separate ways. The title track, “May You Always”, performed by Chris and written by Nancy, invokes blessings and good wishes for a happy life.

Every song on the CD was thoughtfully arranged and produced with our audience in mind. We sincerely hope you enjoy the collection of songs we present on “May You Always”.

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Moonlit Pond Presents Suzie Vinnick

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‘Peace Date’ in the Winner’s Circle

“Peace is not the product of a victory or a command.
It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never ending process, the work of many decisions.” — Oscar Hammerstein II

Happy to announce that “Peace Date” has earned a 5th place title in the Songs for Peace Songwriting Competition. Co-writers Nur Felix and Nancy Beaudette were awarded a $500 prize for the honour. Thank you to the Judges for selecting our song among all the impressive entries.

About the Competition:

Songs For Peace© is quite simply an international songwriting contest. It begins online when people submit their original peace songs, and progresses as others vote on the songs, and finally, a panel of judges reviews the highest rated songs and selected wildcard choices.

When enough people focus on peace instead of war, on harmony instead of discord, love instead of hate, a sea of change for peace can take place that will sweep the world. Just as mob violence is created by a critical mass of angry people with angry thoughts, so peace can be created by a critical mass of people focusing on peaceful thoughts. 

Music is a powerful medium that has been used to foster patriotism, prepare for battle, sell products, promote religion and to inspire love. Why not use the universal language of music to permeate our culture with aspirations for peace and brotherhood?

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Global Peace Song Finalist

Music has the power to speak directly to the heart. It can inspire enlightened awareness and lovingly empower us to see and treat each other as brother and sister. When our souls know such liberation, war as we know it will end and peace on earth will prevail.

The Global Peace Song Awards serves as a search for our world’s most enlightened musicians and songs that can guide the way to peace on earth.

Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce that “Peace Date”, co-written by Nancy Beaudette & Nur Felix, is a Finalist in this year’s competition.

The OFFICIAL WINNERs will be announced on SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – UN International Day of Peace.

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Cattaneo & Beaudette Collaboration

June 20, 2017

Nancy Beaudette met Susan Cattaneo in Austin a couple of years ago, a fate which would result in collaboration and friendship. “We’ve co-authored a number of songs to date, but perhaps the most precious was our first, ‘Fade To Blue'”, says Nancy.

We’re thrilled to let you know that Susan included the song on her ‘double-album’ project, “The Heart and The Hammer” which was released this month. Nancy both sings and plays guitar on the track with Susan.

From the first cut to the last, this is an exceptional CD. The songwriting is flawless and Susan’s voice is superb. We hope you’ll add this to your music collection.

“No matter what happens around me, there is an incredible amount of joy in making music with people I love. And that’s what this album is all about: sharing all those different musical experiences and collaborations with you.” – Susan Cattaneo

Visit www.susancattaneo.com to learn more!

 

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“Company of Stones” Video Release

May 12, 2017

“Company of Stones” was inspired by Nancy’s familial roots, both French and Irish. “My ancestors have given me such a great gift and I feel honoured to carry on their legacy. I recently had my DNA tested and it’s pretty much spot on with my assumption that I’m a happy mix of UK/Ireland and Western Europe – presumably France. Their struggles and successes are part of me for better or for worse.” Company of Stones was recognized in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest along with other songs from her collection “South Branch Road”. Buy the CD on Nancy’s website or download on iTunes today.

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